Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice

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Indiana University Press, May 31, 2007 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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In Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, Thomas Hibbs recovers the notion of practice to develop a more descriptive account of human action and knowing, grounded in the venerable vocabulary of virtue and vice. Drawing on Aquinas, who believed that all good works originate from virtue, Hibbs postulates how epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and theology combine into a set of contemporary philosophical practices that remain open to metaphysics. Hibbs brings Aquinas into conversation with analytic and Continental philosophy and suggests how a more nuanced appreciation of his thought enriches contemporary debates. This book offers readers a new appreciation of Aquinas and articulates a metaphysics integrally related to ethical practice.

 

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Contents

1 Ethics as a Guide into Metaphysics
1
2 Virtue and Practice
13
The Practice of Intellectual Virtue
35
Epistemology as Anthropology
55
5 Metaphysics andas Practice
75
6 Metaphysics Theology and the Practice of Naming God
97
Idolatry Metaphysics and Forms of Life
117
Eros Metaphysics and Beauty
135
9 Metaphysics of Contingency Divine Artistry of Hope
163
notes
177
bibliography
223
index
233
back cover
239
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Thomas Hibbs is Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University. He is author of Virtue's Splendour: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good and Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles.

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