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St. Augustine Press

Pieper, Josef: The Christian Idea of Man

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In The Christian Idea of Man Josef Pieper brings off an extraordinary feat. He acknowledges that whoever introduces the theme of "œvirtue"� and "œthe virtues"� can expect to be met with a smile "“ of various shades of condescension. He then proceeds to single out "œprudence"� as the fundamental virtue on which the other cardinal virtues are based. In defining it, he does away with the shallow connotations which have debased it in modern times. Similarly, he manages to divest it of all traces of "œmoralism,"� which, to a large extent has become identified with the Christian idea of virtue and has made it fall into general disrepute.