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Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue

David Decosimo


This book examines Thomas Aquinas’s conception of “pagan virtue” – of whether non-Christians or those without grace can lead truly virtuous lives – and explains how that vision relates to the substance of his ethics and his way of doing moral theology. Placing Thomas’s account of pagan virtue within his historical context and overarching theological vision, the book’s first part considers his relation to Jews and other non-Christians and reinterprets central facets of his ethics – goodness, habit, virtue – in relation to the question of pagan virtue. Part two elucidates key texts and themes (e ... More

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas, pagan virtue, Augustine, Aristotle, charity, ethics, habit, virtue, final end, transformative synthesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804790635
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804790635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Decosimo, author