Moral Rules and Moral Actions: A Comparison of Aquinas and Modern Moral Theology

Journal of Religious Ethics 17 (1):123 - 149 (1989)
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This essay compares Aquinas' understanding of the precepts of justice with the various accounts of moral rules developed in the debate over proportionalism among contemporary moral theologians. It is argued that both sides in this debate oversimplify Aquinas' account of moral rules so drastically as to misread him. Moreover, it is argued that because Aquinas' account reflects a sense of the communal context for moral discernment, it is superior to both traditionalism and proportionalism.
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