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    Dual Process Theory: A Philosophical Review.Alina Beary - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):317-344.
    From experience, we know that some cognitive processes are effortless and automatic, while others are hard and deliberate. Dual process accounts of human cognition explain these differences by positing two qualitatively distinct types of cognitive processes within the human mind—types that cannot be reduced to each other. Because DP constructs are bound to show up in discourse on human cognition, decision-making, morality, and character formation, moral philosophers should take DP accounts seriously. Here, I provide an overview of the current state (...)
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    Introduction: Special Issue on Contemporary Thomistic Psychology.Brandon Dahm & Alina Beary - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):157-162.
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    Virtue and the Psychology of Habit.Brandon Dahm & Matthew Breuninger - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):291-315.
    An exciting trend in virtue ethics is its engagement with empirical psychology. Virtue theorists have connected virtue to various constructs in empirical psychology. The strategy of grounding virtue in the psychological theory of habit, however, has yet to be fully explored. Recent decades of psychological research have shown that habits are an indispensable feature of human life, and virtues and habits have a number of similarities. In this paper, we consider whether virtues are psychological habits. After some background to frame (...)
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    A Heuristic for Thomist Philosophical Anthropology: Integrating Commonsense, Experiential, Experimental, and Metaphysical Psychologies.Daniel D. De Haan - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):163-213.
    In this study, I outline a heuristic for Thomist philosophical anthropology. In the first part, I introduce the major heuristics employed by Aquinas to establish the objects, operations, powers, and nature of his anthropology. I then identity major lacunae in his anthropology. In the second part, I show how an integrated approach to commonsense, experiential, experimental, and metaphysical psychologies can fill these lacunae and contribute to the enquiries of a contemporary Thomist philosophical anthropology.
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  5. What Moral Exemplars Can Teach Us About Virtue, Psychology, and Ourselves.Heidi M. Giebel - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):235-261.
    In this article, I discuss ethical lessons we can learn from the stories and beliefs of moral exemplars—and how these insights can complement and extend the knowledge we gain through theoretical study. First, exemplars teach us psychological lessons about the way in which virtue is developed and expressed: e.g., about role modeling and post-traumatic growth. Second, they teach us philosophical lessons about the nature of virtue itself and of particular ethical virtues: e.g., about how virtuous people deliberate and how they (...)
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    Surprising Empirical Directions for Thomistic Moral Psychology: Social Information Processing and Aggression Research.Anne Jeffrey & Krista Mehari - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):263-289.
    One of the major contemporary challenges to Thomistic moral psychology is that it is incompatible with the most up-to-date psychological science. Here Thomistic psychology is in good company, targeted along with most virtue-ethical views by philosophical situationism, which uses replicated psychological studies to suggest that our behaviors are best explained by situational pressures rather than by stable traits (like virtues and vices). In this essay we explain how this body of psychological research poses a much deeper threat to Thomistic moral (...)
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    Christian Moral Wisdom, Character Formation, and Contemporary Psychology.Timothy Pawl & Sarah Schnitker - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):215-233.
    Consider the advice for growth in virtue from the Christian Moral Wisdom tradition and contemporary psychology. What is the relation between the outputs of these sources? We present some of the common moral wisdom from the Christian tradition, spelling out the nuance and justification given for the suggestions. We next canvas contemporary psychological findings to discover the evidential relation they bear toward such advice. Although numerous psychological studies might be provided as evidence, we have chosen literatures we believe are most (...)
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  8. The Aims and Arguments of Habits and Holiness: A Précis.Ezra Sullivan - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (2):345-353.
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    Conformed by Praise: Xunzi and William of Auxerre on the Ethics of Liturgy.Jacob J. Andrews - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):113-136.
    The classical Confucian philosopher Xunzi proposed a naturalistic virtue ethics account of ritual: rituals are practices that channel human emotion and desire so that one develops virtues. In this paper I show that William of Auxerre’s Summa de Officiis Ecclesiasticis can be understood as presenting a similar account of ritual. William places great emphasis on the emotional power of the liturgy, which makes participants like the blessed in heaven by developing virtue. In other words, he has a virtue ethics of (...)
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    Free Will And The Rebel Angels In Medieval Philosophy. [REVIEW]Bonaventure Chapman - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):137-140.
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    Just Pain: Aquinas on the Necessity of Retribution and the Nature of Obligation.William Matthew Diem - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):47-79.
    Although it is common in the Catholic moral tradition to hear punishment spoken of as “just” and demanded by reason, it is remarkably difficult to say why reason demands that malefactors suffer or to articulate what is rendered to whom in punishment. The present essay seeks to fill this lacuna by examining Aquinas’s treatment of punishment. After examining several themes found in his work, the paper will conclude that the conceptual key to the reasonableness of punishment is to be found (...)
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  12. Phenomenology. [REVIEW]Philip J. Harold - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):140-142.
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    The Nature Of Human Persons: Metaphysics and Bioethics. [REVIEW]David Hershenov - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):143-146.
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    The Five Characters at Essay’s End: Re-Examining Anscombe’s “Modern Moral Philosophy”.Alex Plato & Jonathan Reibsamen - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):81-111.
    Anscombe ends her seminal 1958 essay “Modern Moral Philosophy” with a presentation of five characters, each answering an ancient question as to “whether one might ever need to commit injustice, or whether it won’t be the best thing to do?” Her fifth character is the execrated consequentialist who “shows a corrupt mind.” But who are the first four characters? Do they “show a mind”? And what precisely is the significance of her presenting those five just then? In this paper, we (...)
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    Secondary Substance and Quod Quid Erat Esse: Aquinas on Reconciling the Divisions of "Substance" in the Categories and Metaphysics.Elliot Polsky - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):21-45.
    Modern commentators recognize the irony of Aristotle’s Categories becoming a central text for Platonic schools. For similar reasons, these commentators would perhaps be surprised to see Aquinas’s In VII Metaphysics, where he apparently identifies the secondary substance of Aristotle’s Categories with a false Platonic sense of “substance” as if, for Aristotle, only Platonists would say secondary substances are substances. This passage in Aquinas’s commentary has led Mgr. Wippel to claim that, for Aquinas, secondary substance and essence are not the same (...)
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    Taking God Seriously: Two Different Voices. [REVIEW]Glenn B. Siniscalchi - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):147-149.
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    Beyond The Self: Virtue Ethics And The Problem Of Culture: Essays In Honor Of W. David Solomon. [REVIEW]Daniel John Sportiello - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):149-152.
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    Formal Abstraction and its Problems in Aquinas.David Svoboda - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):1-20.
    Formal abstraction is a key instrument Aquinas employs to secure the possibility of mathematics conceived as a theoretical Aristotelian science. In this concept, mathematics investigates quantitative beings, which are grasped by means of formal abstraction in their necessary, universal, and changeless properties. Based on this, the paper divides into two main parts. In the first part I explicate Aquinas’s conception of abstraction against the background of the Aristotelian theory of science and mathematics. In the second part I present and critically (...)
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  19. Being Unfolded: Edith Stein On The Meaning Of Being. [REVIEW]Joshua Taccolini - 2022 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 96 (1):153-155.
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