- Title Pages
- <i>Previous Publication</i>
- WISDOM, LAW, AND VIRTUE
- Chapter 1 Wisdom and Human Life: the Natural and the Supernatural
- Chapter 2 Wisdom as Foundational Ethical Theory in St. Thomas Aquinas
- Chapter 3 St. Thomas, Metaphysics, and Human Dignity
- Chapter 4 Truth and Happiness
- Chapter 5 Antimodern, Ultramodern, Postmodern: A Plea For The Perennial
- Chapter 6 Is Thomas Aquinas a Spiritual Hedonist?
- Chapter 7 Is Liberty the Criterion in Morals?
- Chapter 8 The Real Distinction Between Intellect and Will
- Chapter 9 ST. Thomas, James Keenan, and the Will
- Chapter 10 ST. Thomas and the Causes of Free Choice
- Chapter 11 St. Thomas and the First Cause of Moral Evil
- Chapter 12 St. Thomas, Our Natural Lights, and the Moral Order
- Chapter 13 Jacques Maritain and the Philosophy of Cooperation
- Chapter 14 Natural Law and the First Act of Freedom: Maritain Revisited
- Chapter 15 Jean Porter on Natural Law: Thomistic Notes
- Chapter 16 ST. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons
- Chapter 17 St. Thomas, John Finnis, and the Political Good
- Chapter 18 Thomas Aquinas, Gerard Bradley, and the Death Penalty
- Chapter 19 Death in the Setting of Divine Wisdom: The Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas
- Chapter 20 Suicide as a Belligerent Tactic: Thomistic Reflections
- Chapter 21 Jacques Maritain, St. Thomas, and the Philosophy of Religion
- Chapter 22 Philosophy and Spirituality: Cultivating a Virtue
- Chapter 23 St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer
- Chapter 24 ST. Thomas, Lying, and Venial Sin
- Chapter 25 Communion with the Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher
- Chapter 26 “Obiectum”: Notes on the Invention of a Word
- Chapter 27 St. Thomas and Moral Taxonomy
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Truth and Happiness
Truth and Happiness
- (p.68) Chapter 4 Truth and Happiness
- Wisdom, Law, and Virtue
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This chapter focuses on the truth as the goal of human life, that is, on the truth as happiness, according to Thomas Aquinas. It emphasizes the importance of the practice of contemplation if one is to “get the idea of life.” We are living in an atmosphere soaked with interest in survival. We do not ask often enough, “ survival to do what?” We have made magnificent progress in developing the means of observation. We have hitherto unimaginable ability to study nature. And we have the means of communicating very widely such access to things. However, our mentality in these endeavors remains lamentably pragmatic. Although knowledge of new species will reveal new medical possibilities, there is a more important dimension to the situation. Knowledge of natural beings is a perfection of the mind, of the human person. It makes a human being happy. It makes life worth living. It is an introduction to God. It is an anticipation of eternal life.
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