By James C. Doig (auth.)
Is Aquinas's Sententia libri Ethicorum an interpretation of Aristotle in line with `principles of Christian ethics'? Or can we have in that paintings a presentation of the basis of Aquinas's ethical philosophy? Professor Doig solutions those questions via an exam of the ancient context in which the Sententia was once composed.
In Chapters 1-2, the work's function as a corrective of past commentaries is tested. bankruptcy three, through interpreting philosophy at Paris among 1215 and 1283, finds that the idea through Aquinas of an ethical philosophy might were unexceptional. bankruptcy 4's research of the foundations underlying the ethical thought of the Sententia makes obvious that they have been seemed via Aquinas as either philosophical and Aristotelian. The date to be assigned the composition of the Sententia is studied in bankruptcy five, and the belief is drawn, that with a few chance, the Sententia is its author's ultimate inspiration of ethical doctrines. The final bankruptcy deals a precis of that ethical philosophy opposed to the historic historical past introduced out earlier.
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Aquinas’s Philosophical Commentary on the Ethics : A Historical Perspective by James C. Doig (auth.)