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Catholic University of America Press

Elders, Leo: The Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas

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The far-reaching changes in man's social and personal life taking place in our lifetime underline the need for a sound ethical evaluation of our rights and duties and of human behavior both on the individual level and in the political society. On many issues judgments of value vary widely and a consultation of the thought of Thomas Aquinas on the basic questions will be helpful, the more since he is not only one of the greatest philosophers but also succeeded in integrating into his moral philosophy the wisdom of the ancients, in particular of Aristotle and the Stoa. This book presents Aquinas's thoughts on such central questions as man's happiness, how to determine the morality of our actions, the natural law, and the main virtues, as well as on the common good, war, human labor, love, and friendship. Throughout the book, Elders points out the intellectual character of this moral philosophy and problems are set in a historical perspective.