Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue

2014.12.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Decosimo, Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue, Stanford University Press, 2014, 354pp., $65.00
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2014.12.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Decosimo, Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue, Stanford University Press, 2014, 354pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780804790635. Reviewed by Jeffrey Hause, Creighton University Two Marxist professors from Cornell were once discussing a libertarian graduate student in their department. The first asserted that, after the revolution, he would have the student executed. The second thought this judgment too hasty. He noted, without humor or irony, that he would instead put the matter to a vote of the workers. Either course would see the problem summarily dispatched, "dealt with." A less brutal, more charitable attitude would envision those who think other than we do, those outside our political or religious communities, not as problems to be dealt with, but as human beings to be engaged. If we take this more charitable route, however, how do we learn from, form friendships with, and find. . .

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