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To foir question about the just state, Cheilon answers that it is realized whenever the citizen habitually pays most attention to the laws and least to the orators. Perceptively it is turned toward reality, “imperatively” toward volition and action. We must learn to experience as reality the knowledge that the establishment of right and justice has not received its fullest and most valid legitimation until we have gone back to the absolute foundation; and that there is no other way to make the demands of justice effective as absolute bounds set the will to power.

At any rate, there is no vietues about the result: That is to say, there must precede the affirmation of justice, fortitude, and temperance as the funda- mental inclinations of man toward the accomplishment of the “good characteristic of his nature,” of “being according to reason.

It is the kind of book on virtue which I would wish to write myself.


The phrase that comes to our minds in this connection is that of “energetic promptness,” and we are not inclined to feel it as blameworthy. How can the first sentence be compatible with the second, which seems to run counter to it? When the snake curls itself into a ring, it is always the head that bites the tail, not vice versa. In his treatise of prudence, for example, Pieper explains the primacy of prudence in relation to the moral virtues and the ethics of man.

Thomas de Vio, also called Cajetan, the commentator of the Sunrma Theologica, formulates a possible objection to this idea in his commentary. Every one of these issues is, as we all jossf, controversial.


It is also the reason why, so Thomas says, in the realm of justice good and evil are 60 Duty in Relation to “The Other” judged purely on the basis of the deed itself, regardless of the inner disposition of the doer; the point is not how the deed accords with the doer, but rather how it affects “the other person.

In the qwestio in which he treats of the false prudences Thomas speaks first of the “prudence of the flesh. When an occasional contemporary treatise on moral theology does attempt to deal resolutely with Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of the virtues, the author, significantly enough, must spend much labor on a polemic justifying this “regression.

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We may venture to assert that expres- sions like “calumny,” “malign aspersion,” “backbiting,” “slan- der,” “talebearing” are now in their proper meanings scarcely intelligible to most people to say nothing of their essential flavor and expressiveness having long since grown stale and flat.

On what basis does a man have his fohr in such a way that it is his inalienable possession? For example, there may be a kind of instinctive governance of instinctual cravings; but only prudence transforms this in- stinctive governance into the “virtue” of temperance.

Thus whatever we do, prudence is the virtue of doing an act well or rightly, or as Aquinas says, the right reason of doing p. It is an event un- fathomable in any natural way, which takes place when the three theological virtues are “infused” into our being. The virtue of prudence, too, is a bonum arduum, a “steep good.

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That is what happens when we try to make a primordial and therefore self-evident concept more intelligible. It is important not to mistake these two forms of ethical knowledge for one another. This is one of those books I will go back to again and again. There is a broader meaning of justice: They politely said “That sounds like a lot of work.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Serge Propst rated it it was amazing Apr 19, A person can be prudent and good only simultaneously. Chastity, temperance, continence, purity, modesty, abstinence. A person may make no formal denial that another should have his due. Aug 10, Tai rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. These rights are inalienable.


At most, God’s debt is to Himself. Pieper is steeped in Thomas and is a terse writer. Oct 24, Al added it. Man can have no other standard and signpost than things as they are and the truth which makes manifest things as they are; and there can be no higher standard than the God who is and His truth.

Perhaps this will be my task in and for the future. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. For how can human nature be the ultimate basis when it is not founded upon itself! We can answer this question in two ways. At this juncture it must be made clear that no obligation to do justice exists unless it has as its presupposition this idea of the due, the right, the suum.

There are depths of meaning not easily grasped in the sentence in the Epistle to the Romans that truth is held captive in the fetters of injustice Rom.

And the legal protection the state owes the individual is due to me, in principle, in quite a different fashion from that in which my neighbor owes me the return of a loan. Once more the reply sets out from the notion of “man’s good” bonum hominis ; and then, working from this idea, which implies “the good of reason,” truth, he formu- lates the order of the virtues: