Edited by Curtis L. Hancock
This collection of essays examines the requirements of a satisfactory natural law and virtue ethics, broadly understood as a moral philosophy giving primacy to character-formation and to the development of individual and social habits necessary to perfect human life. The ethics herein envisioned is one that must first be grounded in a sound philosophy of the human person. Aware of the limitations in many traditional attempts to develop a natural law morality, the contributors to Freedom, Virtue, and the Common Good seek remedies and prescriptions that will commission a natural law ethics for a new age.
_"Freedom, Virtue, and the Common Good marks the beginning of an important discussion. [T]he book demonstrates the vitality of a distinct community in contemporary philosophy and offers a welcome alternative to the Anglo-American analytic school and to what has come to be known as Continental philosophy. The community of thinkers that contributed to this book espouses a kind of Thomistic realism. Many present a considered exegesis of important Thomistic concepts. Contemporary readers could profit from a renewed acquaintance with this important intellectual heritage.” — Études Maritainiennes/Maritain Studies