Lawrence Dewan’s important collection of essays on Aquinas’s metaphysics is now matched by one on ethics. Fordham University Press has published Wisdom, Law and Virtue: Essays in Thomistic Ethics (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007), which contains an astounding number—twenty-seven!—of his writings on Thomas’s ethics.
The kind people at Fordham University Press have also made a discount available to you that defrays the cost of what is a big (600 pp.), and therefore costly, book. If you wish to buy it, go to the webpage for the book on Fordham’s site, place it in your shopping cart, and then, at check-out, enter the promo code DEW08, which will apply a 20% discount, taking it from its original $85.00 down to $68.00, plus shipping and handling. A nice gesture.
Here is the book’s table-of-contents:
Chapter 1. Wisdom and Human Life: The Natural and the Supernatural
Chapter 2. Wisdom as Foundational Ethical Theory in St. Thomas Aquinas
Chapter 3. St. Thomas, Metaphysics, and Human Dignity
Chapter 4. Truth and Happiness
Chapter 5. Antimodern, Ultramodern, Postmodern: A Plea for the Perennial
Chapter 6. Is Thomas Aquinas a Spiritual Hedonist?
Chapter 7. Is Liberty the Criterion in Morals?
The Will and Its Act
Chapter 8. The Real Distinction between Intellect and Will
Chapter 9. St. Thomas, James Keenan, and the Will
Chapter 10. St. Thomas and the Causes of Free Choice
Chapter 11. St. Thomas and the First Cause of Moral Evil
Chapter 12. St. Thomas, Our Natural Lights, and the Moral Order
Chapter 13. Jacques Maritain and the Philosophy of Cooperation
Chapter 14. Natural Law and the First Act of Freedom: Maritain Revisited
Chapter 15. Jean Porter on Natural Law: Thomistic Notes
Chapter 16. St. Thomas, the Common Good, and the Love of Persons
Chapter 17. St. Thomas, John Finnis, and the Political Good
Chapter 18. Thomas Aquinas, Gerard Bradley, and the Death Penalty
Chapter 19. Death in the Setting of Divine Wisdom: The Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas
Chapter 20. Suicide as a Belligerent Tactic: Thomistic Reflections
Chapter 21. Jacques Maritain, St. Thomas, and the Philosophy of Religion
Chapter 22. Philosophy and Spirituality: Cultivating a Virtue
Chapter 23. St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer
Chapter 24. St. Thomas, Lying, and Venial Sin
Chapter 25. Communion with the Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher
Chapter 26. ”Obiectum”: Notes on the Invention of a Word
Chapter 27. St. Thomas and Moral Taxonomy