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    Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Catholic Social Teaching and the Duty to Vaccinate”.Paul J. Carson & Anthony T. Flood - 2017 - American Journal of Bioethics 17 (4):1-3.
    Since the last century, vaccination has been one of the most important tools we possess for the prevention and elimination of disease. Yet the tremendous gains from vaccination are now threatened by a growing hesitance to vaccinate based on a variety of concerns or objections. Geographic clustering of some families who choose not to vaccinate has led to a number of well-publicized outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Of note is that some of these outbreaks are centered within some Christian religious groups (...)
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    Aquinas on Contrition and the Love of God.Anthony T. Flood - 2021 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 95 (2):235-248.
    St. Thomas Aquinas treats penance as both a sacrament and a virtue. In either form, penance’s principal human act is contrition—a willed sorrow for one’s sins and an intention to avoid future sins. A look at Aquinas’s understanding of penitential contrition reveals a complex interplay of the different objects of love, the gift of fear, and finally friendship with God. This article offers an analysis of Aquinas’s accounts of penance and contrition with respect to these key elements. I argue that (...)
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    Epistemic Badness.Anthony T. Flood - 2008 - Journal of Philosophical Research 33:253-262.
    In this paper, I challenge Casey Swank’s claim that what makes epistemic vices bad are deeper personal vices and not anything specifically epistemic. I argue that epistemic vices are bad on account of a lack of a good epistemic motive. Consequently, the source of the badness is specifically epistemic. I develop my argument through a consideration of Aquinas’s accounts of wonder and presumption, namely that what makes the latter bad is the lack of something thatthe former possesses. I then analyze (...)
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    Epistemic Badness.Anthony T. Flood - 2008 - Journal of Philosophical Research 33:253-262.
    In this paper, I challenge Casey Swank’s claim that what makes epistemic vices bad are deeper personal vices and not anything specifically epistemic. I argue that epistemic vices are bad on account of a lack of a good epistemic motive. Consequently, the source of the badness is specifically epistemic. I develop my argument through a consideration of Aquinas’s accounts of wonder and presumption, namely that what makes the latter bad is the lack of something thatthe former possesses. I then analyze (...)
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    Loving Oneself for Whose Sake? A Thomistic Response to Dietrich von Hildebrand.Anthony T. Flood - 2023 - Studia Gilsoniana 12 (4):657-683.
    One might wonder whether the essence of love involves self-transcendence. If it does, then philosophers who speak of self-love could not really be addressing love at all. Perhaps they address a related phenomenon, maybe even a good, positive reality, but not love itself. Since St. Thomas Aquinas speaks to the legitimacy of the love of self, philosophers who argue the essence of love involves self-transcendence criticize the scholastic’s position. This is the exact criticism Dietrich von Hildebrand advances in The Nature (...)
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    Aquinas on Imitation of Nature: Source of Principles of Moral Action by Wojciech Golubiewski.Anthony T. Flood - 2022 - Review of Metaphysics 76 (1):139-141.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Reviewed by:Aquinas on Imitation of Nature: Source of Principles of Moral Action by Wojciech GolubiewskiAnthony T. FloodGOLUBIEWSKI, Wojciech. Aquinas on Imitation of Nature: Source of Principles of Moral Action. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2022. xx + 309 pp. Cloth, $75.00Does Aquinas's ethical account necessarily rely upon his metaphysics of goodness and natural forms, or can we fairly interpret his ethics as merely cursorily connected to (...)
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    Aquinas on Self-Love and Love of God.Anthony T. Flood - 2016 - International Philosophical Quarterly 56 (1):45-55.
    This paper addresses the connections between love of self and love of God in terms of their impact on personal subjectivity according to the thought of Thomas Aquinas. I argue that Aquinas’s understanding of self-love illuminates the experience of oneself as a person. Part of this argument relies on Aquinas’s notion that love of self is more basic than love of others. Aquinas further affirms that one ought to love God more than oneself. I explore the implications of this claim (...)
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    Aquinas on Subjectivity.Anthony T. Flood - 2010 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (1):69-83.
    In this paper, I argue against John Crosby’s view that Aquinas does not have an account of the nature and role of subjectivity. I maintain that Aquinas’s notion of the love-based self-relation which is fully actualized in self-friendship is an account of subjectivity. I accept Crosby’s characterization of subjectivity as a foundational self-relation which constitutes interiority and is the foundation for experience and action. I proceed by showing how, for Aquinas, the relation of self-love automatically arises from human nature in (...)
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    Love of Self as the Condition for a Gift of Self in Aquinas.Anthony T. Flood - 2018 - Studia Gilsoniana 7 (3):419–435.
    The author attempts to contribute to the debate about the value of Aquinas’s account of love to philosophical personalism. He argues that to understand adequately Aquinas’s account of love in general and the aspect of the gift of self in particular, we must appreciate the importance of his account of appropriate self-love; moreover, self-love and love as a gift of self constitute two foundational poles on which we should base any development of a theory of love within Thomistic personalism. First, (...)
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  10. Marriage as Friendship: Aquina's View in Light of His Account of Self-Love.Anthony T. Flood - 2015 - Nova et Vetera 13 (2).
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    The metaphysical foundations of love: Aquinas on participation, unity, and union.Anthony T. Flood - 2018 - Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press.
    Love as a unitive force -- Degrees of union -- Participation and the love of God -- Conformity and sin -- The fulfillment of love in God -- The love of self and subjectivity.
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    The root of friendship: self-love & self-governance in Aquinas.Anthony T. Flood - 2014 - Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press.
    Addresses the connections between self-love and self-governance in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and defends three related theses. Accordingly, the book provides a systematic account of Aquinas's thoughts on the nature of a person's self-experience and the role that experience plays in self-governance.
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    Natural Law and Practical Reason. [REVIEW]Anthony T. Flood - 2001 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 75 (3):466-469.