The Perspective of the Acting Person
Essays in the Renewal of Thomistic Moral Philosophy
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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...“Is Christian Morality Reasonable? On the Dif_ference between Secular and Christian Humanism” originally appeared in Annales Theologici 1five.oldstyle, no. 2 “‘Intrinsically Evil Acts’ and the Moral Viewpoint: Clarifying a Central Teach-ing of Veritatis Splendor” originally appeared in The Thomist five.oldstyle8, no. 1 (1994): “Intentional Actions and the Meaning of Object: A Reply to Richard McCor-...
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I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Prof. Bill Murphy, for his conception and execution of this project, for his careful ed-iting of the enclosed essays, and for his thoughtful introduction, which will not only help readers grasp their place in the context of my broader work, but will also facilitate the understanding of some of their basic contents. This ...
Introduction: by William F. Murphy Jr.
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Over the past few decades, Swiss philosopher Martin Rhonheimer has developed an impressive body of work ranging from the most fundamen-tal questions of ethical theory to more applied areas including political phi-losophy, sexual ethics, and biomedical ethics. His work provides one of the leading contemporary examples of the ongoing fecundity of the Aristotelian-...
1. Is Christian Morality Reasonable? On the Difference between Secular and Christian Humanism
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Christian Morality: Its Reasonableness and “Unreasonableness”In his famous work “The Reasonableness of Christianity,” published in 1six.oldstyle9five.oldstyle,1 the British philosopher John Locke holds that in revealed Christian mo-rality “as delivered in the Scriptures” there is nothing that cannot be grasped by human reason alone—unassisted by faith. He adds, however, that faith in ...
2. Norm-Ethics, Moral Rationality, and the Virtues: What’s Wrong with Consequentialism?
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According to a conviction that I share with many others, morality is ac-cessible to a rational discourse, and of_fering a clear understanding of this ba-sis is essential for both Christian ethics and moral theology. I wish to add that this is properly the task of the philosopher, whose work is presupposed Philosophical ethics has its proper methodology1 and its own sources of ...
3. “Intrinsically Evil Acts” and the Moral Viewpoint: Clarifying a Central Teaching of Veritatis Splendor
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Many Catholic moral theologians have asserted during the last few years that to know what a person really does each time he or she is acting and, con-sequently, to qualify morally this concrete doing, one must take into account all the further goals for the sake of which this person chooses what he con-cretely does. Equally, so these theologians contend, a balance of all foreseen ...
4. Intentional Actions and the Meaning of Object: A Reply to Richard McCormick
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In his article “Some Early Reactions to Veritatis Splendor,”1 Richard Mc-Cormick discusses my article on Veritatis Splendor and its teaching about in-trinsically evil acts.2 He challenges my defense of the encyclical’s views and poses some concrete questions for me. At the same time, McCormick com-plains once more about what he calls the encyclical’s misrepresentation of the ...
5. Practical Reason and the “Naturally Rational”: On the Doctrine of the Natural Law as a Principle of Praxis in Thomas Aquinas
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The debate on the interpretation of the Thomistic doctrine of the lex naturalis that has been going on for the last thirty years has been driven by two things: f_irst, a renewed interest in the specif_ically philosophical ethics of St. Thomas, and second, the attempt by moral theologians to make the idea of a “natural law” fruitful for understanding the autonomy of the human per-...
6. The Moral Significance of Pre-Rational Nature in Aquinas: A Reply to Jean Porter (and Stanley Hauerwas)
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In her review1 of my Natural Law and Practical Reason: A Thomist View of Moral Autonomy (hereaf_ter referred to as NLPR), Jean Porter declines to of_fer a judgment about my “theory of natural law as a moral theory.” She doubts, however, that it is a valid reading of Aquinas. The dif_f_iculty, she says, lies in my account “of the relation between pre-rational nature and moral reason.” ...
7. The Cognitive Structure of the Natural Law and the Truth of Subjectivity
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In a book bearing the title Lex naturae, which was published almost half a century ago and became before Vatican Council II an obligatory work of reference, moral theologian Josef Fuchs presented a systematic exposition of the formulations of the Magisterium of the Church on the natural mor-al law.1 He thought that he had found “two series” of formulations. The f_irst ...
8. The Perspective of the Acting Person and the Nature of Practical Reason: The “Object of the Human Act” inThomistic Anthropology of Action
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The passage in Veritatis Splendor no. seven.oldstyle8 that clarif_ies the concept of the “object” of a human act is widely acknowledged as decisive for the central ar-gument of the encyclical, which reaf_f_irms “the universality and immutability of the moral commandments, particularly those which prohibit always and without exception intrinsically evil acts.”1 In accordance with the tradition, ...
9. Practical Reason and the Truth of Subjectivity: The Self-Experience of the Moral Subject at the Roots of Metaphysics and Anthropology
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The fundamental question of every ethics has to do with the truth of sub-jectivity: is what I do, and what I think to be right and just, really right and just? And my conduct in general, as based on interior conviction—is it truly right and just? In more precise terms: what must I do or not do in order to be the person I really want to be? Moral questions are questions about the right-...
10. Review of Jean Porter’s Nature as Reason: A Thomistic Theory of the Natural Law
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In her new book on natural law, which I have been invited to review,1 Jean Porter intends to “develop a theological account of the natural law which takes its starting points and orientation from the concept of the natural law devel-oped by Scholastic jurists and theologians in the twelf_th and thirteen centu-ries” (five.oldstyle). This view, Professor Porter asserts, is an alternative to “the modern ...
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Martin Rhonheimer’s Publications
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Politisierung und Legitimitätsentzug. Totalitäre Kritik der parlamentarischen Demokratie in Deutschland. Reihe Praktische Philosophie, vol. 8. Freiburg/Munich: Karl Alber Ver-Familie und Selbstverwirklichung. Alternativen zur Emanzipation. Cologne: Verlag Wissen-Natur als Grundlage der Moral. Die personale Struktur des Naturgesetzes bei Thomas von Aquin: Eine Auseinandersetzung mit autonomer und teleologischer Ethik. Innsbruck-...
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Production Notes, Back Cover
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Page Count: 373
Publication Year: 2008