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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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Antimodern, Ultramodern, Postmodern: A Plea For The Perennial

Antimodern, Ultramodern, Postmodern: A Plea For The Perennial

(p.85) Chapter 5 Antimodern, Ultramodern, Postmodern: A Plea For The Perennial
Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Lawrence Dewan

Fordham University Press

This chapter aims to affect the actions of people by discussing the goal of human life and the appropriate course of conduct required to arrive at such a goal. It will be, so far as possible, an appeal to reason, not directly to the passions. It supposes that we are somewhat free to shape our own behavior and can be persuaded by reasons to do so. It makes a plea for the perennial, meaning that aside from talking about certain teachings that have endured, it also talks about the objects of that knowledge, the perennial things that solicit from us enduring interest.

Keywords:   human life, contemplation, Thomas Aquinas, knowledge, perennial

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