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Wisdom, Law, and Virtue
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The focus of this book is morals--how human beings should live their lives. For Dewan (and Thomas Aquinas) "morals" is "the journey of the rational creature toward God."



While philosophical considerations are central here, Christian revelation and its truth constitute an enveloping context. These essays treat the history of philosophy as a development that proceeds by deepening appreciation of basic questions rather than the constant replacement of one worldview by another. Thus, the author finds forebears in Plato and Aristotle, in Augustine and Boethius, and especially in Aquinas.



Written over a period of more than thirty years, the essays collected here treat both perennial issues in philosophy and such current questions as suicide as a weapon of war, the death penalty, and lying. Above all, they present the wisdom, the sapiential vision, that makes morals possible.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Previous Publication
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Universal Considerations
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Chapter 1: Wisdom and Human Life: The Natural and the Supernatural
  2. pp. 7-31
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  1. Chapter 2: Wisdom as Foundational Ethical Theory in St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. pp. 32-57
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  1. Chapter 3: St. Thomas, Metaphysics, and Human Dignity
  2. pp. 58-67
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  1. Chapter 4: Truth and Happiness
  2. pp. 68-84
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  1. Chapter 5: Antimodern, Ultramodern, Postmodern: A Plea for the Perennial
  2. pp. 85-98
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  1. Chapter 6: Is Thomas Aquinas a Spiritual Hedonist
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. Chapter 7: Is Liberty the Criterion in Morals?
  2. pp. 117-122
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  1. The Will and Its Act
  2. pp. 123-124
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  1. Chapter 8: The Real Distinction Between Intellect and Will
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. Chapter 9: St. Thomas, James Keenan, and the Will
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. Chapter 10: St. Thomas and the Causes of Free Choice
  2. pp. 175-185
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  1. Chapter 11: St. Thomas and the First Cause of Moral Evil
  2. pp. 186-196
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  1. Natural Law
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Chapter 12: St. Thomas, our Natural Lights, and the Moral Order
  2. pp. 199-212
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  1. Chapter 13: Jacques Maritian and the Philosophy of Cooperation
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Chapter 14: Natural Law and the First Act of Freedom: Maritian Revisited
  2. pp. 221-241
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  1. Chapter 15: Jean Porter on Natural Law: Thomistic Notes
  2. pp. 242-268
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  1. Legal Justice
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. Chapter 16: St. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons
  2. pp. 271-278
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  1. Chapter 17: St. Thomas, John Finnis, and the Political Good
  2. pp. 279-311
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  1. Chapter 18: Thomas Aquinas, Gerard Bradley, and the Death Penalty
  2. pp. 312-325
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  1. Chapter 19: Death in the Setting of Divine Wisdom: The Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. pp. 326-335
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  1. Chapter 20: Suicide as a Belligerent Tactic: Thomistic Reflections
  2. pp. 336-346
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  1. Various Virtues
  2. pp. 347-348
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  1. Chapter 21: Jacques Maritian, St. Thomas, and the Philosophy of Religion
  2. pp. 349-357
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  1. Chapter 22
  2. pp. 358-364
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  1. Chapter 23: St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer
  2. pp. 365-373
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  1. Chapter 24: St. Thomas, Lying, and Venial Sin
  2. pp. 374-386
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  1. Chapter 25
  2. pp. 387-400
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  1. Methodological Postscript
  2. pp. 401-402
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  1. Chapter 26: "Obiectum": Notes on the Invention of a Word
  2. pp. 403-443
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  1. Chapter 27: St. Thomas and Moral Taxonomy
  2. pp. 444-478
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 479-652
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 653-668
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 669-690
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  1. Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology Series
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