Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics And Practice by Thomas HibbsAquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics And Practice by Thomas Hibbs

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

byThomas Hibbs

Hardcover | May 31, 2007

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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.

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.
Title:Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics And PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.91 inPublished:May 31, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253348811

ISBN - 13:9780253348814


Table of Contents

Preface: Metaphysics and Practice
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

Editorial Reviews

A remarkable teacher takes us on an exciting journey to recover Aquinas, followingthe contours of a graduate course to engage contemporary philosophers who mightseem unlikely protagonists. Yet they become salient foils for unveiling the secret ofAquinas' metaphysical inquiry: a 'distinctive sort of intellectual activity closely alliedto the imagination and always including appropriate emotional response' (p. 161).This daring venture both demands and displays a formidable familiarity with contemporary philosophy-from ethics to epistemology, metaphysics to theology, incorporating analytic with continental modes of reflection. With a judiciously critical eyegiven deft and gracious expression, we are moved gracefully among worlds of discourse,as we acquire the skills needed to compare them. Yet that is precisely whatgood teachers can do.April 2009