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W. Scott Cleveland
University of Mary
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Robert Roberts and Jay Wood criticize St Thomas Aquinas’ distinction between intellectual and moral virtues. They offer three objections to this distinction. They object that intellectual virtues depend on the will in ways that undermine the distinction, that the subject of intellectual virtues is not an intellectual faculty but a whole person, and that some intellectual virtues require that the will act intellectually. They hold that each of these is sufficient to undermine the distinction. I defend Aquinas’ distinction and respond to each of their objections. I then briefly motivate why this is a distinction worth keeping.
Keywords Intellectual Virtue  Moral Virtue  Thomas Aquinas  Virtue  Epistemology  Aquinas
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DOI 10.5840/acpaproc20128613
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