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Intentions and Objects

John Finnis

in Intention and Identity

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580064
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580064.003.0010
Intentions and Objects

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This chapter offers a fundamental examination of the identification of acts for (and prior to) moral evaluation, conducted through a close study of Aquinas. The meaning of ‘object’ and ‘intention’ is stabilized. Aquinas's differences not only with Abelard (intentionalism) but also with Peter Lombard (physicalism) are explained. The neo-scholastic version of Aquinas's analysis of deliberation towards choice and action is critiqued. Many texts from the untranslated Commentary on the Sentences by Aquinas are set out and translated. Intention and side effect are distinguished, as are action (in generemoris) and behaviour (in generenaturae).

Keywords: Aquinas; Peter Lombard; Abelard; intention; object; choice; specification of acts; action; in generemoris; behavior; ingenerenaturae

Chapter.  11086 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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