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Author Decosimo, Joseph David, 1979- author

Title Ethics as a work of charity : Thomas Aquinas and pagan virtue / David Decosimo
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series Encountering traditions
Encountering traditions.
Contents Thomas and his outsiders -- God, good, and the desire of all things -- The perfection of habit -- Pagan virtue : perfect, unified, and true -- "The virtue of many gentiles" -- Boundaries and ends -- Honest goods -- Infidelitas and final end conceptions -- Sin and the limits of virtue -- The other face of grace
Summary David Decosimo examines Thomas Aquinas's conception of 'pagan virtue' - of whether non-Christians or those without grace can lead truly virtuous lives - and explains how that vision relates to the substance of his ethics and his way of doing moral theology. Sketching a vision for Thomas's ongoing significance for religious and political life that it calls 'prophetic Thomism', the book offers a new vision of his synthesis, an interpretation of his ethics, and a constructive proposal for welcoming outsider virtue without abandoning one's own commitments
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Ethics.
Christianity and other religions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804791708 (electronic bk.)
9780804791700 (electronic bk.)