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Wisdom, Law, and VirtueEssays in Thomistic Ethics$
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Lawrence Dewan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227969

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227969.001.0001

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ST. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons

ST. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons

(p.271) Chapter 16 ST. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons
Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Lawrence Dewan

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the relation of the person to the common good. It argues that the entire moral life is seen by St. Thomas as grounded in the relation of the particular created person to the uncreated Personal Being who is God. This is, in and of itself, a relation of a particular good to the universal or common good. What we might call Thomas's “radical personalism” is essentially a doctrine of love for the Common Good more than for one's own self.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, common good, God, moral life

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