St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics
St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics contains translations of
carefully chosen and central selections from The Summa Against the
Gentiles, On Kingship or The Governance of Rulers, and The Summa of
The selections not only include St. Thomas Aquinas’s views on
government, law, war, property, and sexual ethics, but also provide the
theological, epistemological, and psychological background for his
political and ethical thought, including the Five Proofs on the
existence of God and Aquinas’s theories of knowledge, the soul, the
purpose of man, and the order of the universe. Throughout the book,
footnotes explain technical terms and historical, biblical, and
"Backgrounds and Sources" follows the text, with selections from the
writings of Aristotle, St. Augustine, and Dionysius the Areopagite.
"Interpretations" traces Aquinas’s influence on medieval thought, on
Roman Catholicism during the Renaissance, on early modern political
thought (Richard Hooker and Francisco Suarez), on nineteenth-and
twentieth-century papal social thought, and on contemporary Christian
Democratic political parties in Europe and Latin America.
The volume concludes with "Contemporary Problems in Thomistic Ethics",
which contains eight analyses of the influence of Aquinas's thought on
modern debates on war, contraception, and abortion.
A Selected Bibliography is included.
- November 1987
- 5.2 × 8.4 in
/ 288 pages
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