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By John Bowlin

during this learn John Bowlin argues that Aquinas's ethical theology gets a lot of its personality and content material from an assumption approximately our universal lot: the nice we hope is tough to understand and to will, particularly as a result of contingencies of varied varieties - inside of ourselves, within the ends and items we pursue, and within the situations of selection. considering that contingencies are fortune's results, Aquinas insists that it really is fortune that makes good selection tricky. Bowlin then explicates Aquinas's therapy of a couple of issues in mild of this trouble: the ethical and theological virtues, the 1st precepts of the normal legislation, the voluntariness of virtuous motion, and the happiness on hand to us during this existence. through noting that Aquinas proceeds with a watch on fortune's threats to advantage, enterprise, and happiness, Bowlin locations him extra accurately within the historical past of ethics, between Aristotle, Augustine, and the Stoics.

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