ST. Thomas, James Keenan, and the Will

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

ST. Thomas, James Keenan, and               the Will

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James Keenan's book Goodness and Rightness in Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae offers us an occasion to reflect on the conception of the will and its relation to intellect. This book favors a distinction involving the use of the words “goodness” and “rightness.” Whereas classical Christian moral theology has spoken of both persons and their actions as “good” and “bad,” Keenan proposes that one reserve the vocabulary of “goodness” for persons (persons are good if they strive to do the right thing), while speaking of actions as “right” and “wrong.” This chapter discusses Chapters 2 and 3, which are the fundamentals for the reading of Thomas presented in the book. It then expresses an opinion on the proposed distinction between goodness and rightness.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; James Keenan; goodness; rightness; Christian moral theology

Chapter.  9962 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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