"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.