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By G. Simon Harak

Making use of the moral thoughts of Thomas Aquinas to modern ethical difficulties, this publication either provides new interpretations of Thomist theology and gives new insights into brand new puzzling ethical dilemmas. This quantity addresses such modern concerns as internalized oppression, specifically because it pertains to ladies and African-Americans; feminism and anger; baby abuse; friendship and charity; and at last, justice and cause. the gathering revives Aquinas as an ethicist who has proper issues to assert approximately modern matters. those essays illustrate how Thomistic ethics can motivate and empower humans in ethical struggles. because the first e-book to exploit Aquinas to discover such matters as baby abuse and oppression, it encompasses a number of ways to Aquinas' ethics. "Aquinas and Empowerment" is a precious source for college kids of classical suggestion and modern ethics.

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If we acquire the virtuous habits that help us remember these truths about humans, then we should not become confused by the selfish, competitive, or abusive behavior of ourselves or others. Only a false perception of reality would lead us to conclude that these vices are the inherent characteristics of humans. A clear perception of reality includes seeing the extent to which humans act inhumanely while remembering the inherently good nature of these same humans. No one is inherently victim or oppressor.

She finds echoes of that Thomistic position, for example, in the work of Katie Cannon, who praises as a virtue the African American woman's refusal ''to become inwardly brutalized," and in the resistance of African American womanists to being treated as inherent victims, as though internalized oppression exhaustively defines the character of the oppressed. Kay closes her essay by presenting ways in which Thomistic thinking critiques and reconstructs our understanding and treatment of the oppressed as well as of the oppressors.

For this we need the allied virtues of prudencememory of the past, insight into the present, and shrewdness about future consequences. 35 Past experience forms a basis for responding well to the present in trying to secure a desirable future. The need for remembrance ought to be taken in a personal as well as a collective sense. If either individual or collective memory is suppressed or mystified (which I will explain later), the possibility of a virtuous engagement with the present is curtailed and goals for the future will be skewed.

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