By G. Simon Harak
Utilizing the moral strategies of Thomas Aquinas to modern ethical difficulties, this booklet either offers new interpretations of Thomist theology and gives new insights into ultra-modern confusing ethical dilemmas. This quantity addresses such modern matters as internalized oppression, specially because it pertains to girls and African-Americans; feminism and anger; baby abuse; friendship and charity; and at last, justice and cause. the gathering revives Aquinas as an ethicist who has suitable issues to claim approximately modern issues. those essays illustrate how Thomistic ethics can motivate and empower humans in ethical struggles. because the first booklet to exploit Aquinas to discover such matters as baby abuse and oppression, it features a number of techniques to Aquinas' ethics. "Aquinas and Empowerment" is a beneficial source for college kids of classical idea and modern ethics.
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Page vii Contents Introduction ix Getting Egypt out of the People: Aquinas's Contributions to Liberation Judith W. Kay 1 Taking Women's Experience Seriously: Thomas Aquinas and Audre Lorde on Anger Diana Fritz Cates 47 Child Abuse and Embodiment from a Thomistic Perspective G. Simon Harak, S. J. 89 Growing Together in the Divine Love: The Role of Charity in the Moral Theology of Thomas Aquinas Paul J. P. P. 170 Index 207 Page ix Introduction This book draws together essays by scholars who are struggling to address specific areas of need in our modern world and who have found themselves relying on Thomas Aquinas to help them in their efforts.
I then use these insights to illustrate certain features of the internalized oppression of white working-class men. I then return to Thomas to examine what he means when he says that habits become like a second nature to us. In conclusion, I summarize some implications of Thomas's perspective for liberation. Habit. 18 Moral habits are qualities of character that Page 5 dispose us well or badly to our end, the flourishing of our nature. A virtue is a good habit, a "characteristic condition relevant to a thing's nature"; vices are bad habits contrary to inherent nature.
Howard argues that the multiplicity of laws is suffocating our ordinary lives. "Today," he laments, "we have lost our joy, and much more, because modern law tells us our duty is only to comply, not to accomplish. " 7. Worse, with so much stress on proper procedure, Compassion is nonexistent, because compassion is basically unlawful. Why should one person get special help? Who is to decide? The specter of favoritism drives the social reformer back to the volume of rules. All must be the same. .