By Knowledge and by Love Paperback

Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas

by The Catholic University of America Press; Michael S. Sherwin;

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By Knowledge and by Love

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What is the relationship between charity and knowledge in the theology of Thomas Aquinas? Did Aquinas in his mature thought portray charity's act as antecedent to and independent of practical reasoning? Did he view charity's motion as rendering us morally good before God, apart from whether or not we do what is right in our actions? A dominant stream in contemporary Catholic ethics holds for precisely such a concept of charity, and many recent commentators on Aquinas maintain that this is his position as well. According to Michael S. Sherwin however, the contrary is in fact the case. By Knowledge and By Love represents a major contribution to Thomistic moral theology and philosophy by providing a thoughtful examination of Aquinas' psychology of action and his theology of charity. Through a comprehensive analysis of the relation between intellect and will, knowledge and love, and charity and the infused intellectual virtues, Sherwin concludes that, far from divorcing the will from reason, Aquinas in his later works integrates reason and will more closely together. Saint Augustine says, ""No one can love what he does not know.""
According to Sherwin, Aquinas holds that God's grace respects and elevates this dynamic in the gift of charity, which depends on faith's knowledge, and on the knowledge provided by the other infused cognitive virtues and gifts. Charity is a virtue, and like any virtue its acts require some knowledge of their object. Sherwin argues that not only is this a faithful reading of Aquinas, it also has profound implications for any conception of moral development. The role of a mentoring community, the characteristics of friendship with God, and the specific actions required by love all play a part in Sherwin's analysis.

By Knowledge and by Love by The Catholic University of America Press; Michael S. Sherwin was published by The Catholic University of America Press in July 2011. The ISBN for By Knowledge and by Love is 9780813218717.

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Page last updated 22nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press (July 2011)
Number of Pages293
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4026197
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