Right Practical Reason: Aristotle, Action, and Prudence in Aquinas

Hardcover | February 1, 1988

byDaniel Westberg

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This book is a study of the role of intellect in human action as described by Thomas Aquinas. One of its primary aims is to compare the interpretation of Aristotle by Aquinas with the lines of interpretation offered in contemporary Aristotelian scholarship. The book seeks to clarify theproblems involved in the appropriation of Aristotle's theory by a Christian theologian, including such topics as the practical syllogism and the problems of akrasia. Professor Westberg argues that Aquinas was much closer to Aristotle than is often recognized; and he puts forward important newinterpretations of the relation of intellect and will in the stages of intention, deliberation, decision, and execution. In the concluding section of the book, he shows how this new interpretation yields fruitful insights on a range of theological topics, including sin, law, love and the moralvirtues.

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This book is a study of the role of intellect in human action as described by Thomas Aquinas. One of its primary aims is to compare the interpretation of Aristotle by Aquinas with the lines of interpretation offered in contemporary Aristotelian scholarship. The book seeks to clarify theproblems involved in the appropriation of Aristo...

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This book is a study of the role of intellect in human action as described by Thomas Aquinas. One of its primary aims is to compare the interpretation of Aristotle by Aquinas with the lines of interpretation offered in contemporary Aristotelian scholarship. The book seeks to clarify the problems involved in the appropriation of Aristot...

Daniel Westberg is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Virginia.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:February 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198267312

ISBN - 13:9780198267317

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`Westberg shows that the core of Aquinas's action theory is authentically Aristotelian...argues effectively...anyone with a serious interest in medieval eithics should read Westberg's study.'The Philosophical Review