Treatise on the Virtues

University of Notre Dame Pess
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In his Treatise on the Virtues, Aquinas discusses the character and function of habit; the essence, subject, cause, and meaning of virtue; and the separate intellectual, moral, cardinal, and theological virtues. His work constitutes one of the most thorough and incisive accounts of virtue in the history of Christian philosophy. John Oesterle's accurate and elegant translation makes this enduring work readily accessible to the modern reader.
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The late John A. Oesterle was assistant chairman of the department of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (1972-1977) and the editor of The New Scholasticism (1967-1977).

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University of Notre Dame Pess
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Published on
Jun 1, 1992
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9780268158033
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy / Religious
Religion / Ethics
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