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Summa Theologica - 08 Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on Habits, Virtues and Vices

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Summa Theologica - 08 Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on Habits, Virtues and Vices is a comprehensive exploration of ethics and morality by the renowned theologian and philosopher Saint Thomas Aquinas. In this particular section of his seminal work, Aquinas delves into the nature of habits, virtues, and vices, providing a detailed analysis of how they shape human character and influence behavior.

One of the key themes of this treatise is the distinction between natural and acquired virtues, with Aquinas arguing that while natural virtues are inherent to human nature, acquired virtues are cultivated through practice and repetition. He also emphasizes the importance of prudence as a fundamental virtue that governs the proper use of other virtues.

Additionally, Aquinas discusses the concept of vice and sin, highlighting the destructive consequences of deviating from the path of virtue. He outlines the various ways in which individuals can fall into vice, emphasizing the role of reason and free will in moral decision-making.

Overall, Summa Theologica - 08 Pars Prima Secundae, Treatise on Habits, Virtues and Vices is a thought-provoking and insightful examination of ethics and human behavior. Aquinas' meticulous analysis and profound insights make this treatise a valuable resource for anyone interested in exploring the foundations of morality and virtue.

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The Summa Theologica is the most famous work of Thomas Aquinas although it was never finished. It was intended as a manual for beginners and a compilation of all of the main theological teachings of that time. It summarizes the reasoning for almost all points of Christian theology in the West, which, before the Protestant Reformation, subsisted solely in the Roman Catholic Church. The Summa's topics follow a cycle: the existence of God, God's creation, Man, Man's purpose, Christ, the Sacraments, and back to God.

This selection of the Summa Theologica covers questions 49-89 of the Prima Secundae , a Treatise on the Habits, Virtues and Vices: the habits in general , and in particular , whether expressed as virtues or as vices .

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