What is at Stake in the Question of whether Someone Can Possess the Natural Moral Virtues without Charity?

In Harm Goris & Henk Schoot (eds.), The Virtuous Life: Thomas Aquinas on the Theological Nature of Moral Virtues. Leuven: Peeters. pp. 117-130 (2017)

Thomas M. Osborne
University of St. Thomas, Texas
The proliferation of new accounts of infused and acquired virtue in Thomas has brought much welcome attention to his understanding of the relationship between nature and grace. But the very originality of these interpretations has raised a multitude of unanswered questions and difficulties. For any of these accounts to be plausible, they must be accompanied by an account of the way in which Thomas thinks that the specifically one virtue of prudence considers the matter of all virtues, and his statement that such prudence depends on a correct order to the ultimate end. The current disagreement over acquired moral virtue cannot be resolved until these related disagreements are adequately addressed
Keywords Thomas Aquinas  Virtue  Eudaimonism  Ultimate End  Prudence
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