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Aquinas's Disputed Questions on Evil
A Critical Guide

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M. V. Dougherty, John F. Wippel, Bonnie Kent, Ashley Dressel, Peter Furlong, Tobias Hoffmann, Steven J. Jensen, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Thomas M. Osborne, Jr, Carl N. Still, Darren E. Dahl, Therese Scarpelli Cory, Fran O'Rourke
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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107044340

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  • Thomas Aquinas's Disputed Questions on Evil is a careful and detailed analysis of the general topic of evil, including discussions on evil as privation, human free choice, the cause of moral evil, moral failure, and the so-called seven deadly sins. This collection of ten, specially commissioned new essays, the first book-length English-language study of Disputed Questions on Evil, examines the most interesting and philosophically relevant aspects of Aquinas's work, highlighting what is distinctive about it and situating it in relation not only to Aquinas's other works but also to contemporary philosophical debates in metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of action. The essays also explore the history of the work's interpretation. The volume will be of interest to researchers in a broad range of philosophical disciplines including medieval philosophy and history of philosophy, as well as to theologians.

    • The first book-length English-language study of Aquinas's Disputed Questions on Evil
    • Contributes to contemporary philosophical discussions as well as theology and the history of philosophy
    • Focuses on topics from a broad range of philosophical disciplines, from metaphysics and action theory to ethics
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    "This volume contains insightful and well-argued essays … illuminating the nature and application of the claims that Thomas makes in De malo. Readers of Thomas will be grateful for its appearance."
    Robert C. Miner, Baylor University

    'The collection of essays found in this book examines Aquinas's 'Disputed Questions on Evil' from a variety of angles and will be of great interest to those who wish to learn more about the theologian of the Catholic Church. … Recent years have seen an increased interest in Aquinas's 'Disputed Questions on Evil'. This book helps us appreciate all that is distinctive about this great theological work.' Pravin Thevathasan, Catholic Medical Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107044340
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction M. V. Dougherty
    1. Metaphysical themes in De malo, 1 John F. Wippel
    2. Weakness and willful wrongdoing in Aquinas's De malo Bonnie Kent and Ashley Dressel
    3. Free choice Peter Furlong and Tobias Hoffmann
    4. Venial sin and the ultimate end Steven J. Jensen
    5. The promise and pitfalls of glory: Aquinas on the forgotten vice of vainglory Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
    6. The goodness and evil of objects and ends Thomas M. Osborne, Jr
    7. Evil and moral failure in De malo Carl N. Still and Darren E. Dahl
    8. Attention, intentionality, and mind-reading in Aquinas's De malo, q. 16, a. 8 Therese Scarpelli Cory
    9. Evil as privation: the Neoplatonic background to Aquinas's De malo, 1 Fran O'Rourke
    10. Moral luck and the capital vices in De malo: gluttony and lust M. V. Dougherty

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    M. V. Dougherty, Ohio Dominican University
    M. V. Dougherty is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Dominican University. He is the author of Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas (Cambridge, 2011) and editor of Pico della Mirandola: New Essays (Cambridge, 2008).


    M. V. Dougherty, John F. Wippel, Bonnie Kent, Ashley Dressel, Peter Furlong, Tobias Hoffmann, Steven J. Jensen, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Thomas M. Osborne, Jr, Carl N. Still, Darren E. Dahl, Therese Scarpelli Cory, Fran O'Rourke

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