Is Liberty the Criterion in Morals?

Lawrence Dewan

in Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227969
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237210 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

Is Liberty the Criterion in               Morals?

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In a recent issue of New Scholasticism, Vincent Punzo presented his conception of a “reflective or person-centered ethics,” that is, an ethics having its “normative basis” in “the constitutive role of the reflective intellect in the lives of... persons.” Punzo makes freedom the primary aspect of agency as regards the distinction between good and evil, what one ought or ought not to do. This chapter argues that in this, Punzo is wrong, and puts forward several observations to justify this claim.

Keywords: Vincent Punzo; New Scholasticism; freedom; ethics; Thomas Aquinas

Chapter.  2129 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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