The Virtue Of Justice By Thomas Aquinas

1489 WordsNov 30, 20146 Pages
INTRODUCTION The current globalized economy cannot be administered by legal limits alone. Both subjective virtues and objective moral precepts are necessity for its persistent success. Thomas’ moral theory meets the current need for ethics that exceeds the legal realm by connecting the ideas of virtue and justice in a resourceful way. This paper discusses the virtue of justice in general, according to St. Thomas Aquinas’ doctrine drawing mainly on the Summa Theologiae. To efficiently understand what the virtue of justice is, the first thing this paper will seek to explain is the core of virtue in general. Having defined virtue, it will proceed to explore the virtue of justice since a true justice commitment aligns itself with the necessary prerequisites for human success because it is the greatest virtue. VIRTUE IN GENERAL St. Thomas defines virtue in the Summa Theologiae as “a mind’s good quality by which we live virtuously, through which nobody can make bad use, which God works inside us, without us.” Virtue is a natural thing in man’s powers that makes those powers perfect, making it simpler for them to generate and demonstrate good actions. Through virtue man is able give the best of himself, using all his spiritual and sensorial powers to do good, choosing it in solid actions. Virtue facilitates a man and his deeds to become good. Since man has a balanced soul he has the ability to know things and the capability to need things. The ability to know
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