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Author Keys, Mary M., 1966-

Title Aquinas, Aristotle, and the promise of the common good / Mary M. Keys
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 255 pages)
Contents Why Aquinas? : reconsidering and reconceiving the common good -- The promise and problem of the common good : contemporary experience and classical articulation -- Why Aquinas? : centrality of the concept and focus on foundations -- An overview of the argument, by parts and chapters -- Contemporary responses to the problem of the common good : three Anglo-American theories -- Liberal deontologism : contractarian common goods in Rawls's theory of justice -- Communitarianism or civic republicanism : Sandel against common-sense "otherness" -- A third way? : Galston on the common goods of liberal pluralism -- Unearthing and appropriating Aristotle's foundations : from three Anglo-American theorists back to Thomas Aquinas -- Aristotelianism and political-philosophic foundations, old and new -- Aristotle's three political-philosophic foundations in Thomas Aquinas's thought -- The first foundation and Aquinas's Commentary : human nature as "political and social" in politics -- Reinforcing the foundations : Aquinas on the problem of political virtue and regime-centered political science -- The second foundation and Aquinas's commentary : human beings and citizens in politics -- Faults in the foundations : the uncommented politics and the problem of regime particularity -- Politics pointing beyond the polis and the politeia : Aquinas's new foundations -- Finishing the foundations and beginning to build : Aquinas on human action and excellence as social, civic, and religious community, common good, and goodness of will -- Natural sociability and the extension of the human act -- Cardinal virtues as social and civic virtues with a divine exemplar -- Remodeling the moral edifice : Aquinas and Aristotelian magnanimity -- Aristotle on magnanimity as virtue -- Aquinas's commentary on the magnanimity of the Nicomachean ethics -- The Summa theologiae on magnanimity and some "virtues of acknowledged dependence" -- Remodeling the moral edifice : Aquinas and Aristotelian legal justice -- Aristotle on legal justice -- Aquinas's commentary on legal justice in the Nicomachean ethics -- Legal justice and natural law in the Summa theologiae -- Aquinas's two pedagogies : human law and the good of moral virtue -- Aquinas's negative narrative, or how law can curb moral vice -- Beyond reform school : law's positive pedagogy of virtue according to Aquinas -- Universality and particularity, law and liberty -- Thomistic legal pedagogy and liberal-democratic polities -- Theological virtue and Thomistic political theory -- The problematic political promotion of theological virtue -- Infused moral virtue and civic legal justice -- Thomistic and Aristotelian moderation for the common good
Summary Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good, first published in 2006, claims that contemporary theory and practice have much to gain from engaging Aquinas's normative concept of the common good and his way of reconciling religion, philosophy, and politics. Examining the relationship between personal and common goods, and the relation of virtue and law to both, Mary M. Keys shows why Aquinas should be read in addition to Aristotle on these perennial questions. She focuses on Aquinas's Commentaries as mediating statements between Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics and Aquinas's own Summa Theologiae, showing how this serves as the missing link for grasping Aquinas's understanding of Aristotle's thought. Keys argues provocatively that Aquinas's Christian faith opens up new panoramas and possibilities for philosophical inquiry and insights into ethics and politics. Her book shows how religious faith can assist sound philosophical inquiry into the foundation and proper purposes of society and politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-247) and index
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Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Political and social views
Aristotle -- Political and social views
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Common good.
PHILOSOPHY -- Political.
Common good
Political and social views
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511257066