Description - Aquinas and the Nicomachean Ethics by Tobias Hoffmann
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is the text which had the single greatest influence on Aquinas's ethical writings, and the historical and philosophical value of Aquinas's appropriation of this text provokes lively debate. In this volume of new essays, thirteen distinguished scholars explore how Aquinas receives, expands on and transforms Aristotle's insights about the attainability of happiness, the scope of moral virtue, the foundation of morality and the nature of pleasure. They examine Aquinas's commentary on the Ethics and his theological writings, above all the Summa theologiae. Their essays show Aquinas to be a highly perceptive interpreter, but one who also brings certain presuppositions to the Ethics and alters key Aristotelian notions for his own purposes. The result is a rich and nuanced picture of Aquinas's relation to Aristotle that will be of interest to readers in moral philosophy, Aquinas studies, the history of theology and the history of philosophy.
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Author Biography - Tobias Hoffmann
Tobias Hoffmann is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. His most recent book is Creatura intellecta (2002) and he has edited several anthologies, including A Companion to Angels in Medieval Philosophy (2012). Jorn Muller is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Wurzburg. His most recent book is Willensschwache in Antike und Mittelalter (2009) and he has edited several anthologies, including a collection of commentaries on Plato's Phaedo (2011). Matthias Perkams is Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Jena. His most recent book is Selbstbewusstsein in der Spatantike (2008). He has edited several anthologies and Latin-German text editions, most recently Peter Abaelard, Theologia Scholarium (2010).