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The Root of Friendship

Self-Love and Self-Governance in Aquinas

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Publication Year: 2014

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book owes its existence to the generous support of many individuals. As a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville and especially through the instruction and research of John Crosby, I became convinced of the importance of the notion of subjectivity for...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xx

This book addresses the connections between self-love and selfgovernance in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and defends three related theses: Aquinas’s account of proper self-love is a description of the nature and importance of a person’s subjective self-experience, his...

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1. Proper Self-Love and the Inner Life

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pp. 1-24

The most controversial claims in this book are that an account of subjectivity is central to Aquinas’s understanding of man and ethical experience and that we find this account in his characterization of self-love.1 The following constitutes my core argument for these...

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2. The Eudaimonist Self-Governance Tradition

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pp. 25-52

The twin theses controlling the first half of my analysis are that Aquinas’s account of proper self-love is a description of the nature and importance of a person’s subjective self-experience and that his notion of self-governance cannot be understood fully unless we...

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3. Persons, Providence, and the Natural Law

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pp. 53-71

Aquinas embeds his account of self-governance within the framework of eudaimonism and appropriates many of the notions considered in the previous chapter. Moreover, his account of proper self-love motivates the need for self-governance, since a properly self-loving person...

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4. Prudence and Pride

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pp. 72-92

This chapter begins to connect Aquinas’s notions more explicitly with contemporary considerations concerning self-governance. I start by turning to his treatment of prudence (prudentia), as this is his most detailed analysis of the nature and structure of each person’s...

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5. Aquinas and Contemporary Criteria for Self-Governance

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pp. 93-113

Throughout this book, I maintain that for an account of selfgovernance to be readily applicable to contemporary discussion on the matter, it should contain and address some basic elements. The first set of elements is the psychological conditions requisite for governing...

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6. Aquinas in Dialogue with Contemporary Accounts

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pp. 114-138

Schneewind gives the following synopsis of his motive for writing The Invention of Autonomy:
I planned from the beginning to make Kant the focal point of this study because I thought, as I still do, that his conception of morality as autonomy provides a better place to start working out a contemporary philosophical

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Conclusion

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pp. 139-144

The goal of the foregoing inquiries, explanations, and arguments has been to establish three interconnected theses: Aquinas’s account of proper self-love is a description of the nature and importance of a person’s subjective self-experience, his notion of self-governance...

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pp. 145-154

Index

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pp. 155-164


E-ISBN-13: 9780813226064
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813226057

Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2014