Aquinas and Empowerment: Classical Ethics for Ordinary Lives by G. Simon Harak

By G. Simon Harak

Utilizing the moral ideas of Thomas Aquinas to modern ethical difficulties, this booklet either offers new interpretations of Thomist theology and provides new insights into modern-day difficult ethical dilemmas. This quantity addresses such modern concerns as internalized oppression, particularly because it pertains to girls and African-Americans; feminism and anger; baby abuse; friendship and charity; and eventually, justice and cause. the gathering revives Aquinas as an ethicist who has proper issues to claim approximately modern matters. those essays illustrate how Thomistic ethics can inspire and empower humans in ethical struggles. because the first publication to exploit Aquinas to discover such matters as baby abuse and oppression, it features a number of methods to Aquinas' ethics. "Aquinas and Empowerment" is a priceless source for college students of classical proposal and modern ethics.

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Simon Harak, editor. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and and index.  Ethics.  Ethics, Modern20th century. 1274Ethics. 1274 Influence.  Simon, 1948 .  paper) 95-42743 Page v To all from whom we have learned. And, of course, to the One Teacher. Page vii Contents Introduction ix Getting Egypt out of the People: Aquinas's Contributions to Liberation Judith W. Kay 1 Taking Women's Experience Seriously: Thomas Aquinas and Audre Lorde on Anger Diana Fritz Cates 47 Child Abuse and Embodiment from a Thomistic Perspective G.

Today," he laments, "we have lost our joy, and much more, because modern law tells us our duty is only to comply, not to accomplish. " 7. Worse, with so much stress on proper procedure, Compassion is nonexistent, because compassion is basically unlawful. Why should one person get special help? Who is to decide? The specter of favoritism drives the social reformer back to the volume of rules. All must be the same.  .  . " Of course, Cessario goes far beyond mere legal-procedural concerns to provide a vision of how a healed and rightly ordered ethical person responds to the obligations and claims of the moral life.

Are vices voluntarily chosen commitments? At first it would seem that Aquinas thinks so, because the action flowing from the operation of a vice would not be a genuine human act if it lacked voluntariness. A closer reading of Aquinas, however, suggests that the acts that gave rise to the vice could be involuntary; whereas the decision to act on the basis of a vice remains voluntary. (Although the presence of a full-blown vice greatly curtails the individual's freedom, Aquinas always maintains that humans are free to choose differently.

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