Ordering Reasons, Mediating Virtues: How and Why Thomas Aquinas Affirmed the Compatibility of Acquired and Infused Moral Virtue

Studies in Christian Ethics 36 (2):323-349 (2023)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

How should we conceive the interplay of nature and grace in Christian ethical life when it comes to the virtues? How did Thomas Aquinas conceive it? For Thomas, grace-given, infused moral virtues can use virtues acquired by habituation, ‘commanding’ their own proper act with its distinct, subordinate proper end and ‘referring’ or ‘mediating’ that act to beatitude. These diverse species of virtue effect distinct movements of will, practical reason, and passion answering to our distinct reasons for acting and the complex relations between those reasons. The role a virtue plays in our lives is distinct from what it produces in the world. This article elucidates, defends, and illustrates this vision, showing how it coheres with and illumines ethical life and why Thomas endorsed it, answering opponents who claim infused virtues replace acquired virtues, in fact or function, and showing non-specialists what is at stake in this debate.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,038

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Aquinas and the Moral Virtues of a Christian Person.Matthew McWhorter - 2020 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 94 (4):573-596.
Growing in virtue: Aquinas on habit.William C. Mattison - 2023 - Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Aquinas on the Infused Virtues and Human Happiness: A Preliminary Study.Timothy López - 2015 - In H. Goris, L. Hendriks & H. J. M. Schoot (eds.), Faith, Hope and Love: Thomas Aquinas on Living by the Theological Virtues. Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Publishing. pp. 91-105.
Virtue.Thomas M. Osborne - 2018 - In Thomas Williams (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Ethics. New York: Cambridge University Press. pp. 150-171.
The Virtual Presence of Acquired Virtues in the Christian.W. Scott Cleveland & Brandon Dahm - 2019 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 93 (1):75-100.
The Acquired Virtues are Real Virtues.Brandon Dahm - 2015 - Faith and Philosophy 32 (4):453-470.
Thomas Aquinas on Virtue.Thomas M. Osborne - 2022 - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-04-12

Downloads
11 (#1,139,180)

6 months
3 (#979,100)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references