The Root of Friendship Hardback
Self-Love and Self-Governance in Aquinas
by Anthony T Flood;
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The Root of Friendship
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Accordingly, the book provides a systematic account of Aquinas's thoughts on the nature of a person's self-experience and the role that experience plays in self-governance. Self-love, especially as fully actualised in self-friendship, constitutes a person's experience of himself. In turn, it is the subjective pole both for a person's ongoing experiences of the world, including goods, and for acting in the world, particularly in terms of consciously responding to the good.
Since a person's fundamental awareness of and response to the good are found in the self-experience that results from self-love, particularly insofar as self-love includes the desire for and activity of pursuing goods and avoiding evils, self-governance naturally derives from it. In addition, a person (who?) loves himself wickedly fails to seek and acquire the goods perfective of his personal nature. Lastly, the book provides an argument to the conclusion that once we attend to the connections between self-love and self-governance, we find attractive features of Aquinas's overall account that make it relevant to contemporary discussions on self-governance, particularly those in the analytic tradition. The key features are examined in light of these discussions.
The Root of Friendship by Anthony T Flood was published by The Catholic University of America Press in April 2014. The ISBN for The Root of Friendship is 9780813226057.
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|Page last updated||4th January 2017|
|Author / Artist||Anthony T Flood|
|Publisher||The Catholic University of America Press (April 2014)|
|Number of Pages||184|