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1. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
Rebecca Konyndyk Holy Fear
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In this essay I will contend that there is something called holy fear, which expresses love for God. First I distinguish holy fear from certain types of unholy fear and from the type of fear regulated by the virtue of courage. Next, relying on the work of Thomas Aquinas, I consider the roles love and power play in holy and unholy fear and extend his analysis of the passion of fear by analogy to the capital vices. I conclude that this extension illuminates the moral significance of John PaulII’s call not to be afraid and shows how this theme of his pontificate is inextricably linked to another great theme of his teaching, that of love as a gift of oneself.
2. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
T. J. López Trichotomizing the Standard Twofold Model of Thomistic Eudaimonism: A Solution to a Logical Problem
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Aquinas’s eudaimonism is normally interpreted as twofold in the sense of it dividing into the imperfect, natural happiness of Aristotle and the perfect, supernatural happiness of Augustine. I argue in this work that Aquinas is logically committed to a third type of happiness that, in light of the standard view, rendershis eudaimonism threefold. The paper begins with an overview of the standard twofold model of Aquinas’s eudaimonism; it then turns to the model’s logicalproblem whose solution requires the postulation of a third type of happiness. In the second part of the paper, two clarificatory issues are addressed, several objections are considered, and in closing, I explain why Aquinas’s commitment to a third type of happiness offers the Christian wayfarer grounds for a new optimism.
3. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
David Svoboda The Ratio of Unity: Positive or Negative? The Case of Thomas Aquinas
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The paper deals with the problem of the ratio of unity in the work of Thomas Aquinas. More specifically, it tries to answer the question wherein the ratio of unity consists: whether it is a “positive entity of being” or rather the “negative aspect of being undivided.” In order to answer the question properly the paper is divided into four main parts. In the first two parts the constitutive characteristics of unity are explained and attention is focused on the concepts division and negationof division. In the third part Aquinas’s statements that seem to reflect a negative conception of unity are expounded and the relationship of unity and goodness tothe “entitative principles” of being (essence and existence) are elucidated. Finally, in the fourth part the answer to the fundamental question of the article is givenand arguments for the “positive” conception of unity are presented.
4. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
Timothy J. Pawl Transubstantiation, Tropes, and Truthmakers
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This article addresses a difficult case at the intersection of philosophical theology and truthmaker theory. I show that three views, together, lead to difficultiesin providing truthmakers for truths of contingent predication, such as that the bread is white. These three views are: the Catholic dogma of transubstantiation, astandard truthmaker theory, and a trope (or accident) view of properties. I present and explain each of these three views, at each step noting their connections to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. After presenting the three views, I show why they entail a difficulty for providing truthmakers for truths of contingent predication,drawing on two cases that are not impossible, for all we know. I then present four ways that one can respond to this difficulty, afterward noting some shortcomingsof those responses.
disputed question: is it ever permissible to lie?
5. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
Christopher Kaczor Can it be Morally Permissible to Assert a Falsehood in Service of a Good Cause?
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This paper examines three arguments that are meant to show that all intentional false assertions are intrinsically evil. The first argument holds that lying is intrinsically evil, all false assertions are lies. The second argument is that all intentional deception is intrinsically evil, and all false assertions are attempteddeceptions. Finally, I explore the argument that false assertions are intrinsically evil because they are a violation of self-unity and unity with the community. Each ofthese arguments, I hold, fails to demonstrate the conclusion which, nevertheless, may be true for other reasons not examined in this paper.
6. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
Christopher Tollefsen Augustine, Aquinas, and the Absolute Norm Against Lying
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Recent events concerning the guerilla journalism group Live Action created controversy over the morality of lying for a good cause. In that controversy, I defended the absolutist view about lying, the view that lying, understood as assertion contrary to one’s belief, is always wrong. In this essay, I step back from the specifics of the Live Action case to look more closely at what St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas, had to say in defense of the absolute view. Their approaches, while rather different, are nevertheless, I believe, complementary, and cast light on both practical and principled reasons for thinking that lying is wrong, even for agood cause. In the final section of the paper, I discuss some of the challenges that a further defense of the absolute view would need to meet.
review essay
7. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
Steven J. Jensen Thomistic Perspectives?: Martin Rhonheimer’s Version of Virtue Ethics
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Martin Rhonheimer’s The Perspective of Morality: Philosophical Foundations of Thomistic Virtue Ethics offers a bold summary of Thomistic virtue ethics, laid upon some not-so-Thomistic foundations, culminating in questionable, perhaps even dangerous, conclusions concerning actions evil in themselves. As anintroduction to ethical thought, the book covers a wide range of topics, including happiness, freedom, the nature of human actions, the moral virtues, conscience, the principles of practical reason, consequentialism, Kantian ethics, and much more. For some of these topics Rhonheimer provides a helpful summary of the ethics of Aquinas, sprinkled with thoughtful reflections for the modern age. For other topics Rhonheimer introduces questionable interpretations and developments of Aquinas, written with obscurity and lack of precision. This article provides some suggested alternatives to Rhonheimer’s account, especially with regard to the origin of the first practical principles.
book reviews
8. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 86 > Issue: 1
M. V. Dougherty The Problem of Negligent Omissions: Medieval Action Theories to the Rescue
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Marie I. George Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinians and Creationists Both Get it Wrong
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Trent Dougherty Achieving Knowledge: A Virtue-Theoretic Account of Epistemic Normativity
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Andrew M. Haines Reasonable Faith
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Jason W. Carter One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today
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John Schwenkler Objectivity and the Parochial
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Book Received
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