ST. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons

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, the Common Good,               and the Love of Persons

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This chapter focuses on the relation of the person to the common good. It argues that the entire moral life is seen by St. Thomas as grounded in the relation of the particular created person to the uncreated Personal Being who is God. This is, in and of itself, a relation of a particular good to the universal or common good. What we might call Thomas's “radical personalism” is essentially a doctrine of love for the Common Good more than for one's own self.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; common good; God; moral life

Chapter.  3462 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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