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The Second-Person Perspective in Aquinas's Ethics: Virtues and Gifts (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory) Hardcover – December 22, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0415899949 ISBN-10: 041589994X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041589994X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415899949
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,661,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a work of lasting value and deep and careful scholarship that makes a serious contribution to three fields at once: the exegesis of Aquinas, theological ethics and philosophical virtue ethics. Andrew Pinsent has written a book that no one working in these areas will be able to afford to ignore, and which makes a real contribution, in particular, to getting the study of Aquinas’s virtue ethics, as something radically distinct from Aristotelian virtue ethics, firmly onto the academic agenda." – Timothy Chappell, Professor of Philosophy, Open University, UK

"In this intriguing re-reading of Thomas’s virtue ethics, Andrew Pinsent firmly resists the reduction of Thomist ethics to a mere variation on Aristotelian ethics, and shows with meticulous attention to the texts how Thomas's theology of grace and of the 'gifts' vitally transforms his understanding of virtue. The discussion is animated by reference to contemporary analyses of ‘second-person relatedness’ in social science, a move which is bound to be contentious but is remarkably thought-provoking." – Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK

"This is an exhilarating book. If Dr. Pinsent’s central thesis about the radically non-Aristotelian character of Aquinas’s theory is right, he has given us a fresh and important insight into the latter’s understanding of the virtues and a greater appreciation of its genius. If it is wrong, we are still left with a treasure trove of fascinating ideas that might be applied to the interpretation of both authors, but especially Aquinas." – Kevin Flannery, Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University, Italy

"Refreshingly, Andrew Pinsent, a physicist and Thomistic philosopher, argues for a major revision in our understanding of Aquinas’s virtue ethics. …Pinsent uses new research in contemporary social cognition to help illuminate and provide a unifying principle for understanding features in Aquinas that are quite unparalleled in Aristotle."Corey Miller, Indiana University, USA in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

"Pinsent's book is a valuable contribution to contemporary Thomistic ethics, and virtue theory more generally. …The book provides genuine insights into some of the central preoccupations of neo-Kantians such as Stephen Darwall and Christine Korsgaard and neo-Aristotelians such as Michael Thompson and Candace Vogler. We can hopefully look forward to these insights being fleshed out in future work by Pinsent and others." – Matthew B. O’Brien in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

About the Author

Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Austin on July 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is required reading for those working in virtue ethics, Aquinas, or Aristotle. It is an excellent and insightful piece of scholarship. While it is primarily a book written for other scholars, it is nevertheless useful for anyone interested in virtue, character, and gaining a deeper understanding of the Christian spiritual life.
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