Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics

Recommended Book of the Week

By Aristotle

The “Nicomachean Ethics” is arguably the most important ethical treatise in the Western tradition. In this text, Aristotle argues that what is good for human beings is determined by our nature. We are by nature rational animals; our good is a rational good; to flourish is to live a life of practical rationality and contemplation of … Continue reading Recommended Book of the Week

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Class 3: The Five Powers of the Soul

Moral Philosophy Course: Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action Taught by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi CLASS 3: THE FIVE POWERS OF THE SOUL In the question 77 of the first part of the Summa Theologie, St. Thomas Aquinas offers the general criterion that allows to distinguish the powers of the soul in active and passive. The discourse on the … Continue reading Class 3: The Five Powers of the Soul

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The Altruism of the Will

Fulvio Di Blasi explains the ultimate difference between intellect and will according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Altruism of the Will. How can we distinguish the intellect from the will or, more generally, the cognitive powers of the soul from the appetitive powers? One way to explain this difference is through the distinction between active … Continue reading The Altruism of the Will

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Class 2: The Acts and the Powers of the Soul

Moral Philosophy Course: Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action Taught by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi CLASS 2: THE ACTS AND THE POWERS OF THE SOUL The study of the acts and the powers of the soul is an important premise of moral philosophy. St. Thomas Aquinas’ “moral science” is an extension, so to speak, of his … Continue reading Class 2: The Acts and the Powers of the Soul

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Heroes Fulvio Di Blasi

Rules or Heroes?

Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi explains in what sense ethics is not simply about rules but about beauty and heroes. Rules or Heroes? People often think of ethics especially in terms of rules to follow, but this is a narrow view. Ethics is above all a matter of beauty and heroes. READ HERE FULVIO ON THIS ISSUE! “I clearly remember … Continue reading Rules or Heroes?

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Are We Really Free?

Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi explains in what sense freedom depends on knowledge and the virtues. Are We Really Free? Is a fourteen years old boy really free to choose to study medicine rather than law? In a way, he is. In another sense, if he does not know well the difference between the two types of study, as … Continue reading Are We Really Free?

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The Sources of Morality and the Splendor of Truth

In this short video Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi briefly discusses the sources of morality and the Splendor of Truth. The term “sources of morality” refers to a traditional doctrine of the Catholic faith according to which there are three elements from which we can evaluate the morality of human acts: the object, the circumstances and the … Continue reading The Sources of Morality and the Splendor of Truth

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Ethical Indifference?

By Fulvio Di Blasi

Are there human acts that are morally indifferent? At first glance, this might seem like a trivial question, but it is not so. If we think of the human act as a mere material thing, then it is obvious that there are things which are indifferent to us. However, the human act is “human.” It … Continue reading Ethical Indifference?

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Theory of Action Fulvio Di Blasi Human Actions

Class 1: The Morality of Human Actions

Moral Philosophy Course: Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action Taught by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi CLASS 1: THE MORALITY OF HUMAN ACTIONS This class introduces the most important chapter of the work of St. Thomas Aquinas in which he directly addresses the question of the morality of human actions: the question 18 of the first part of … Continue reading Class 1: The Morality of Human Actions

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Theory of Action Fulvio Di Blasi Human Actions

Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action

Faculty: Fulvio Di Blasi, PhD Moral Philosophy Course on “Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action” Classes already available on TIC TV site 1. The Morality of Human Actions Description: This class introduces the most important chapter of the work of St. Thomas Aquinas in which he directly addresses the question of the morality of human actions: the … Continue reading Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action

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