Hooker and the Moral Life

A. J. Joyce

in Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199216161
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739248 | DOI:
Hooker and the Moral Life

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This chapter provides a detailed analysis of Hooker's ‘law of reason’ and the account that he gives of how human beings come to the knowledge of what is good. This leads to a discussion of the relationship between morality and soteriology in his thought and the extent to which the moral law might be subject to change. The chapter considers the extent to which Hooker draws upon the Thomist tradition of natural law, but also identifies respects in which he departs from Aquinas, particularly in the more negative view that he takes of will and emotion in relation to human conduct. The relationship between justification and sanctification is also considered, and elements of classic eudaimonism identified within his text. It is also observed that, at times, he appears to shape his argument in order to make a polemical point.

Keywords: Hooker; moral law; soteriology; Aquinas; Thomist; law of reason; will; emotion; eudaimonism; polemical

Chapter.  24354 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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