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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The Root of Friendship addresses the connections between self-love and self-governance in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and defends three related theses. First, Aquinas's account of proper self-love is a description of the nature and importance of a person's subjective self-experience. Second, his notion of self-governance cannot be understood fully unless we grasp its basis in self-love. Finally, his account both satisfies contemporary conditions of relevance for self-governance and offers attractive solutions to issues raised in analytic discussions on such matters.

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 7th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press (April 2014)
Weight825g
Number of Pages184
Thickness18 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9780813226057
ISBN-100813226058
Product Code4269137
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