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This book is a study of the role of intellect in human action as described by Thomas Aquinas. One of its primary aims is to compare the interpretation of Aristotle by Aquinas with the lines of interpretation offered in contemporary Aristotelian scholarship. The book seeks to clarify the problems involved in the appropriation of Aristotle's theory by a Christian theologian, including such topics as the practical syllogism and the problems of akrasia. Professor Westberg argues that Aquinas was much closer to Aristotle than is often recognized; and he puts forward important new interpretations of the relation of intellect and will in the stages of intention, deliberation, decision, and execution. In the concluding section of the book, he shows how this new interpretation yields fruitful insights on a range of theological topics, including sin, law, love and the moral virtues.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198267317
ISBN-10: 0198267312
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 143mm x 21mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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