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

Hardcover | May 31, 2007

byThomas Hibbs

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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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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, m...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.91 inPublished:May 31, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface: Metaphysics and Practice
Acknowledgments
1. Ethics as a Guide into Metaphysics
2. Virtue and Practice
3. Self-Implicating Knowledge: The Practice of Intellectual Virtue
4. Dependent Animal Rationality: Epistemology as Anthropology
5. Metaphysics and/as Practice
6. Metaphysics, Theology, and the Practice of Naming God
7. The Presence of a Hidden God: Idolatry, Metaphysics, and Forms of Life
8. Portraits of the Artist: Eros, Metaphysics, and Beauty
9. Metaphysics of Contingency, Divine Artistry of Hope
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Hibbs... convincingly argues that the practice of seeking the good-both moral and intellectual-leads to and requires metaphysics, and not the reverse.... The book will help those who wantto (1) revisit Aquinas's epistemology, metaphysics, and virtue ethic, especially in light of [Hibbs's] substantial previous work on these questions; (2) investigate [Hibbs's] broader theses about metaphysics; (3) generate a more convincing philosophical foundation and a more robust description of social accountability for virtue theory and narrative ethics; or (4) engage one or more of [Hibbs's] admirably diverse interlocutors (Plantinga, MacDonald, Murdoch, Joyce, Turner,Marion, Zagzebski, Pieper, Gadamer, MacIntyre, Nietzsche, and others)." -CRISTINA L. H. TRAINA, Northwestern University, Theological Studies, March 2009