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Title: Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas's Ethics
Author: Bowlin, John
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1999
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521620192
Volumes: 1; Pages: 246
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Bowlin argues that the strength of Aquinas' moral theology is his assumption about our common lot: the good we desire is difficult to know and to will, particularly because of contingencies of various kinds--within ourselves, in the ends and objects we pursue, and in the circumstances of choice. Since contingencies are fortune's effects, Aquinas insists that fortune makes good choice difficult. Bowlin explores Aquinas' treatment of virtue, agency, and happiness in this context, and places him more precisely in the history of ethics, among Aristotle, Augustine, and the Stoics. Places Aquinas more precisely in the history of ethics, among Aristotle, Augustine, and the Stoics Provides novel interpretations of Aquinas's treatment of the moral and theological virtues Offers a new reading of Aquinas's account of the moral lifeContentsPreface; AcknowledgmentsList of abbreviations; Introduction1. Virtue and difficulty2. The contingency of the human good3. Natural law and the limits of contingency4. Virtue and discontent5. Virtue and fortuneEpilogue: hope and happinessLiterature cited.