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Thomas Aquinas on Virtues - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 147
Virtues/Thomas Aquinas/Höffe: Thomas Aquinas pro Aristotle: In the virtue doctrine Thomas Aquinas again follows his philosophical model, in particular in the distinction between the moral and intellectual virtues and the determination of the moral attitude (habitus) as the middle.
Thomas pro Plato: However, he takes over the quartet of cardinal virtues(1) which originated with Plato:
measure (temperantia),
bravery (fortitudo),
prudence (prudentia) and
justice (iustitia).
ThomasVsPlato: In contrast to Plato these four virtues are surpassed by three "theological" virtues(2):
faith (fides),
hope (spes) and
love (caritas).


1.Thomas Summa la Ilae, qu. 61
2. Ebenda qu. 62


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Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
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