Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion

Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion

Metaphysics and Practice
Thomas Hibbs
Distribution: World
Publication date: 05/31/2007
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-34881-4
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In Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, Thomas Hibbs recovers the notion of practice to develop a more descriptive account of human action and knowing, grounded in the venerable vocabulary of virtue and vice. Drawing on Aquinas, who believed that all good works originate from virtue, Hibbs postulates how epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and theology combine into a set of contemporary philosophical practices that remain open to metaphysics. Hibbs brings Aquinas into conversation with analytic and Continental philosophy and suggests how a more nuanced appreciation of his thought enriches contemporary debates. This book offers readers a new appreciation of Aquinas and articulates a metaphysics integrally related to ethical practice.

Author Bio

Thomas Hibbs is Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture at Baylor University. He is author of Virtue’s Splendour: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good and Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles.


“[This book] is an extremely broad-minded engagement—and this must surely be very welcome—with the basic contours of contemporary philosophy as practiced in the U.S. today.”
 — Graham McAleer, Loyola College in Maryland

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Table of Contents

Preface: Metaphysics and Practice
1. Ethics as a Guide into Metaphysics
2. Virtue and Practice
3. Self-Implicating Knowledge: The Practice of Intellectual Virtue
4. Dependent Animal Rationality: Epistemology as Anthropology
5. Metaphysics and/as Practice
6. Metaphysics, Theology, and the Practice of Naming God
7. The Presence of a Hidden God: Idolatry, Metaphysics, and Forms of Life
8. Portraits of the Artist: Eros, Metaphysics, and Beauty
9. Metaphysics of Contingency, Divine Artistry of Hope