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Medieval thinkers were both puzzled and fascinated by the capacity of human beings to do what is morally wrong. In this book, Colleen McCluskey offers the first comprehensive examination of Thomas Aquinas' explanation for moral wrongdoing. Her discussion takes in Aquinas' theory of human nature and action, and his explanation of wrong action in terms of defects in human capacities including the intellect, the will, and the passions of the sensory appetite. She also looks at the notion of privation, which underlies Aquinas' account of wrongdoing, as well as his theory of the vices, which intersects with his basic account. The result is a thorough exploration of Aquinas' psychology which is both accessible and illuminating, and will be of interest to a wide range of readers in Aquinas studies, medieval philosophy, the history of theology, and the history of ideas.Read more
- A comprehensive examination of Aquinas' psychology of moral wrongdoing, including its metaphysical foundation
- Examples offered in the book are realistic and appealing, but complex mathematics is avoided
- Aquinas' complete account is covered in one single volume, whereas other treatments are often incomplete
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- Publication planned for: January 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316626894
- dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
- availability: Not yet published - available from
Table of Contents
2. Metaphysical foundations
3. Evil as privation
4. Aquinas' account of moral wrongdoing: general point and defects in the intellect
5. Aquinas' account of moral wrongdoing: defects in the sensory appetite
6. Aquinas' account of moral wrongdoing: defects in the will
7. The vices in Aquinas' moral psychology.
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