Is the Ethical Eudaimonism of Saint Thomas Too Self-Centered?

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI:
Is the Ethical Eudaimonism of Saint Thomas Too Self-Centered?

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This chapter answers the question: Is the ethical eudaimonism of Saint Thomas too self-centered? This criticism of the teleological approach of Saint Thomas deserves careful reflection on the part of Thomists and some adjustment in the way his doctrine is presented. It is important to differentiate the context of two approaches provided by Saint Thomas and the von Hildebrand school.

Keywords: ethical eudaimonism; Saint Thomas; teleological approach; Thomists; von Hildebrand school

Chapter.  2730 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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