Now the object of the theological virtues is God Himself, Who is the last end of all, as surpassing the knowledge of our reason. Reply to Objection 2. Nom. Hence it is necessary for man to receive from God some additional principles, whereby he may be directed to supernatural happiness, even as he is directed to his connatural end, by means of his natural principles, albeit not without Divine assistance. Objection 3. And therefore, human virtue, of which we are speaking now, cannot belong to the body, but belongs only to that which is proper to the soul. And therefore, since virtue is the principle of some kind of operation, there must needs pre-exist in the operator in respect of virtue some corresponding disposition. It is untrue, therefore, "that no one can make bad use of virtue. treatment from a practical point of view of Christian ethics, asceticism, and sociology in the Middle Ages" (NCE, I, 647). The intellectual and moral virtues perfect man's intellect and appetite according to the capacity of human nature; the theological virtues, supernaturally. When, then, it is stated that every virtue is the order of love, this can be understood either of love in the general sense, or of the love of charity. vi, 11). Objection 2. Therefore the theological virtues are not virtues of a man. But goodness does not seem to be good, as neither is whiteness white. . Wherefore we say that essence is being and is one and is good; and that oneness is being and one and good: and in like manner goodness. But it must be observed that some operative habits are always referred to evil, as vicious habits: others are sometimes referred to good, sometimes to evil; for instance, opinion is referred both to the true and to the untrue: whereas virtue is a habit which is always referred to good: and so the distinction of virtue from those habits which are always referred to evil, is expressed in the words "by which we live righteously": and its distinction from those habits which are sometimes directed unto good, sometimes unto evil, in the words, "of which no one makes bad use.". And because such happiness surpasses the capacity of human nature, man's natural principles which enable him to act well according to his capacity, do not suffice to direct man to this same happiness. movement to the end, and conformity with the end by means of love. Reply to Objection 2. Now a thing's perfection is considered chiefly in regard to its end. Noté /5. For the root precedes that which grows from it. It is untrue, therefore, "that no one can make bad use of virtue." Therefore it seems that virtue is a quality of the soul in reference to God, likening it, as it were, to Him; and not in reference to operation. I answer that, As stated above (Article 1), the theological virtues direct man to supernatural happiness in the same way as by the natural inclination man is directed to his connatural end. Sometimes we give the name of a virtue to that to which the virtue is directed, namely, either to its object, or to its act: for instance, we give the name Faith, to that which we believe, or to the act of believing, as also to the habit by which we believe. Hence they are not exemplar but exemplate virtues. Further, just as there are human virtues, so are there natural virtues. So also is virtue called good, because by it something is good. Augustine is speaking of that hope whereby a man hopes to obtain bliss through the merits which he has already: this belongs to hope quickened by and following charity. Nevertheless, joy results from the act of justice; at least in the will, in which case it is… Objection 4. ii, 14) concerning Hiram, that he knew "to grave all sort of graving, and to devise ingeniously [prudenter] all that there may be need of in the work." Although unfinished, the Summa is "one of the classics of the history of philosophy and one of the most influential works of Western literature." One is proportionate to human nature, a happiness, to wit, which man can obtain by means of his natural principles. This suffices for the Reply to the First Objection. Reply to Objection 3. Lambert, LC The Summa Theologica (or the Summa Theologiae or simply the Summa, written 1265–1274) is the most famous work … The Summa Theologiae (written 1265–1274 and also known as the Summa Theologica or simply the Summa) is the best-known work of Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274). Reply to Objection 2. I answer that, This definition comprises perfectly the whole essential notion of virtue. Further, Augustine says (De Moribus Eccl. Secondly, by participation, as kindled wood partakes of the nature of fire: and thus, after a fashion, man becomes a partaker of the Divine Nature, as stated above: so that these virtues are proportionate to man in respect of the Nature of which he is made a partaker. xv) that "virtue is the order of love," and (QQ. Further, Augustine (De Moribus Eccl. Objection 1. And for this reason the virtue of a thing must be regarded in reference to good. But it is possible for a man before having charity, to hope through merits not already possessed, but which he hopes to possess. When therefore we say that "virtue is the limit of power," virtue is taken for the object of virtue. 3,6, 14) to Whom the soul is disposed by being made like to Him. Such a virtue is justice: because it applies the will to its proper act, which is not a passion. : Serm. But it must be observed that some operative habits are always referred to evil, as vicious habits: others are sometimes referred to good, sometimes to evil; for instance, opinion is referred both to the true and to the untrue: whereas virtue is a habit which is always referred to good: and so the distinction of virtue from those habits which are always referred to evil, is expressed in the words "by which we live righteously": and its distinction from those habits which are sometimes directed unto good, sometimes unto evil, in the words, "of which no one makes bad use." Justice has a righteousness of its own by which it puts those outward things right which come into human use, and are the proper matter of justice, as we shall show further on (I-II:60:2; II-II:58:8). iii, 10). But there is a virtue even of sin; according to 1 Corinthians 15:56: "The virtue [Douay: 'strength'] of sin is the Law." Faith and hope imply a certain imperfection: since faith is of things unseen, and hope, of things not possessed. Consequently there was need for an additional supernatural habit in both respects. Further, the Philosopher says (Phys. Neither therefore are human virtues habits. xxvii in Joan. As to those things which are done by us, God causes them in us, yet not without action on our part, for He works in every will and in every nature. Further, Virtue corresponds to power. Reply to Objection 4. iv) that as health and beauty belong to the body, so virtue belongs to the soul. Hence there must needs be two theological virtues in the human appetite, namely, hope and charity. The other is a happiness surpassing man's nature, and which man can obtain by the power of God alone, by a kind of participation of the Godhead, about which it is written (2 Peter 1:4) that by Christ we are made "partakers of the Divine nature." Further, whoever is proud of a thing, makes bad use of it. Hence faith and hope, in things that are subject to human power, fall short of the notion of virtue. i): "A man cannot love what he does not believe to exist. Objection 2. Objection 1. The intellect requires intelligible species whereby to understand: consequently there is need of a natural habit in addition to the power. But good is more common than quality, since it is convertible with being. Sometimes we give the name of a virtue to that to which the virtue is directed, namely, either to its object, or to its act: for instance, we give the name Faith, to that which we believe, or to the act of believing, as also to the habit by which we believe. iv) "that the good of the soul is to be in accord with reason.". Now there is prudence in art, for it is written (2 Paralip. On the contrary, The Philosopher (Ethic. But the theological virtues are above man's nature; while the intellectual and moral virtues are in proportion to his nature, as clearly shown above (I-II:58:3). Reply to Objection 2. Objection 1. Neither therefore are human virtues habits. Therefore virtue is not always a good habit. vii, text. iv) "that the good of the soul is to be in accord with reason." But Augustine commenting on John 15:11: "He shall do greater things than these," says [Tract. Virtue which is referred to being is not proper to man; but only that virtue which is referred to works of reason, which are proper to man. 17) that virtue "is the disposition of a perfect thing to that which is best." But it is possible for a man before having charity, to hope through merits not already possessed, but which he hopes to possess. In like manner a man loves a thing because he apprehends it as his good. But that which is Divine is above man's nature. Wherefore, as we have said above (I-II:3:2), happiness or bliss by which man is made most perfectly conformed to God, and which is the end of human life, consists in an operation. With regard to this, hope precedes love at first; though afterwards hope is increased by love. When, then, it is stated that every virtue is the order of love, this can be understood either of love in the general sense, or of the love of charity. Objection 2. Because from the fact that a man thinks that he can obtain a good through someone, he begins to love him: and from the fact that he loves him, he then hopes all the more in him. Therefore human virtue which is an operative habit, is a good habit, productive of good works. The reason and will are naturally directed to God, inasmuch as He is the beginning and end of nature, but in proportion to nature. The Summa Theologiæ of St. Thomas AquinasSecond and Revised Edition, 1920Literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican ProvinceOnline Edition Copyright © 2017 by Kevin Knight Nihil Obstat. Objection 2. I answer that, This definition comprises perfectly the whole essential notion of virtue. Of … the good hoped for. Whether faith, hope, and charity are fittingly reckoned as theological virtues? xv de Verb. De Lib. Now man is so constituted that the body holds the place of matter, the soul that of form. On the contrary, We have the authority of Augustine from whose words this definition is gathered, and principally in De Libero Arbitrio ii, 19. On the contrary, Augustine says (De Moribus Eccl. vi) that science and virtue are habits. For thus charity is the mother and the root of all the virtues, inasmuch as it is the form of them all, as we shall state further on (II-II:23:8). Now the best thing to which man needs to be disposed by virtue is God Himself, as Augustine proves (De Moribus Eccl. Reply to Objection 5. But power is not only referred to good, but also to evil: according to Isaiah 5: "Woe to you that are mighty to drink wine, and stout men at drunkenness." On the contrary, The Apostle enumerates them thus (1 Corinthians 13:13): "Now there remain faith, hope, charity." xv) that "virtue is the order of love," and (QQ. vi, 5): wherefore art is not a virtue. Now the virtues which perfect the intellective part are called intellectual; and the virtues which perfect the appetitive … Therefore virtue is reducible to the genus of power, and not to the genus of habit. I answer that, Virtue denotes a certain perfection of a power. F. Beda Jarrett, O.P., S.T.L., A.M., Prior Provincialis AngliæMARIÆ IMMACULATÆ - SEDI SAPIENTIÆ. ed. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 1994, 1 (3), pp.435-473. ii) [Retract. Now the virtues which perfect the intellective part are called intellectual; and the virtues which perfect the appetitive part, are called moral. Secondly, we are said to merit by something as by the principle whereby we merit, as we are said to run by the motive power; and thus are we said to merit by virtues and habits. Reply to Objection 3. xii, 3): "When we come across anything that is not common to us and the beasts of the field, it is something appertaining to the mind." But power is not only referred to good, but also to evil: according to Isaiah 5: "Woe to you that are mighty to drink wine, and stout men at drunkenness." Reply to Objection 3. Whether faith precedes hope, and hope charity? Therefore virtue is not a habit, but an act. But (judging well according to common law) is natural to some, as the Philosopher states (Ethic. Every virtue, therefore, is not a good quality "of the mind. i): "A man cannot love what he does not believe to exist. “Written from 1265-1274, the Summa Theologica is St. Thomas Aquinas’ greatest work. Now the latter happens in respect of two things. Reply to Objection 1. Though charity is love, yet love is not always charity. One is proportionate to human nature, a happiness, to wit, which man can obtain by means of his natural principles. Reply to Objection 2. For the theological virtues, if they be in a human soul, must needs perfect it, either as to the intellective, or as to the appetitive part. Now the theological virtues suffice to direct us to supernatural good. Further, Augustine says (De Doctr. Now the above definition comprises all the causes of virtue. With regard to this, hope precedes love at first; though afterwards hope is increased by love. Now as natural virtue is in natural things, so is human virtue in rational beings. "The Summa Theologica (1477), more properly the Summa Moralis, is the work upon which [St. Antoninus's] theological fame chiefly rests . Reply to Objection 2. It would seem that faith, hope, and charity are not fittingly reckoned as three theological virtues. That which is first seized by the intellect is being: wherefore everything that we apprehend we consider as being, and consequently as one, and as good, which are convertible with being. v, text. Now the limit of any power must needs be good: for all evil implies defect; wherefore Dionysius says (Div. F. Beda Jarrett, O.P., S.T.L., A.M., Prior Provincialis AngliæMARIÆ IMMACULATÆ - SEDI SAPIENTIÆ. Hence sin is incompatible with the act, but not with the habit, of virtue. On the contrary, The Apostle enumerates them thus (1 Corinthians 13:13): "Now there remain faith, hope, charity.". OF THE PERSON OF THE SON QUESTION 35. Now the Divine Law contains precepts about the acts of faith, hope, and charity: for it is written (Sirach 2:8, seqq. the understanding of principles. F. Innocentius Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor. Objection 2. v, text. ii) that every evil is a weakness. Further, according to the Apostle (2 Corinthians 12:9): "Virtue [Douay: 'power'] is made perfect in infirmity." But health and beauty are not operative habits. The second section deals with human beings and discusses 303 questions … xv) shows how the four cardinal virtues are the "order of love." Objection 1: It would seem that faith, hope, and charity are not fittingly reckoned as three theological virtues. Because from the fact that a man thinks that he can obtain a good through someone, he begins to love him: and from the fact that he loves him, he then hopes all the more in him. Objection 3. Now the Divine Law contains precepts about the acts of faith, hope, and charity: for it is written (Sirach 2:8, seqq. I have summarized all four articles of question 110 in the prima secunda of Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica: "Of the Grace of God As Regards Its Essence." (Translated by The Fathers of the English Dominican Province.) iii, 10). Hence in the order of generation, faith precedes hope and charity. Objection 3. Reply to Objection 4. Therefore prudence is not a … OF THE PERSON OF THE FATHER QUESTION 34. Now among the virtues directed to the connatural end there is but one natural virtue, viz. Therefore it seems that faith precedes charity, and charity hope. Reply to Objection 4. QUESTION 31. Whether the theological virtues are distinct from the intellectual and moral virtues? For the act of virtue is nothing else than the good use of free-will. Reply to Objection 3. Now it happens that, together with this falling away from reason, some lower power is perfect in reference to that which belongs to its own kind, even in direct opposition to reason, or with some falling away therefrom. Edus. Whether virtue is suitably defined? For the perfect essential notion of anything is gathered from all its causes. Therefore they are distinct from one another. In this way therefore virtue is applied to evil things: so that the "virtue" of sin is said to be law, in so far as occasionally sin is aggravated through the law, so as to attain to the limit of its possibility. Now the above definition comprises all the causes of virtue. Page 1 Page 2 The remaining questions of the first part of part 2 deal with a wide variety of issues related to the will, emotions and passions, virtues, sins, law, and grace. Objection 2. It would seem that the definition, usually given, of virtue, is not suitable, to wit: "Virtue is a good quality of the mind, by which we live righteously, of which no one can make bad use, which God works in us, without us." Further, just as there are human virtues, so are there natural virtues. Therefore virtues are not habits, but acts. We are said to merit by something in two ways. For the formal cause of virtue, as of everything, is gathered from its genus and difference, when it is defined as "a good quality": for "quality" is the genus of virtue, and the difference, "good." And so for material cause we have the subject, which is mentioned when we say that virtue is a good quality "of the mind." VICES OPPOSED TO DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE (Q[63]) OF RESPECT OF PERSONS (FOUR ARTICLES) We must now consider the vices opposed to the aforesaid parts of justice. The wisdom which the Philosopher (Ethic. But good is more common than quality, since it is convertible with being. Now man's happiness is twofold, as was also stated above (I-II:5:5). F. Innocentius Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor. In like manner a man loves a thing because he apprehends it as his good. First, as by merit itself, just as we are said to run by running; and thus we merit by acts. Course 2: Introduction to Thomistic Philosophy Course 3: God and His Creation Course 4: Principles of the Moral Life Course 5: Theological and Cardinal Virtues Course 6: Christ and the Sacraments Course 7: Virtue - New! Therefore human virtue which is an operative habit, is a good habit, productive of good works. Virtues are not in us by nature, according to Ethic. Objection 3. Therefore, the theological virtues are not distinct from the moral and intellectual virtues. For the appetite of a thing is moved and tends towards its connatural end naturally; and this movement is due to a certain conformity of the thing with its end. But we do merit by our virtues. googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1513315455001-0');}); On the contrary, The precepts of the Law are about acts of virtue. The end of virtue, since it is an operative habit, is operation. But infirmity is an evil. But the Divine virtues are exemplars, as stated above (I-II:61:5), which are not in us but in God. Reply to Objection 3. F. Raphael Moss, O.P., S.T.L. For virtue is man's goodness, since virtue it is that makes its subject good. We must, however, observe that, as accidents and non-subsistent forms are called beings, not as if they themselves had being, but because things are by them; so also are they called good or one, not by some distinct goodness or oneness, but because by them something is good or one. [a] Objection 1: It would seem that there are not four cardinal virtues.For prudence is the directing principle of the other moral virtues, as is clear from what has been said above ([1568] Q [58], A [4]). Home About Courses Enroll Summa Theologiae Donate Back Aquinas ... TREATISE ON VIRTUES Index. These virtues are called Divine, not as though God were virtuous by reason of them, but because of them God makes us virtuous, and directs us to Himself. Objection 2. I answer that, As stated above (Article 1), the theological virtues direct man to supernatural happiness in the same way as by the natural inclination man is directed to his connatural end. Objection 2: Further, there is no virtue of a virtue: but "there is a virtue of art," as the Philosopher states (Ethic. 21). Reply to Objection 5. And so there is no comparison, as we have said. Objection 1. Therefore there should be only two theological virtues, one perfecting the intellect, the other, the will. Therefore virtue is not a habit, but an action or a relation. But the rational powers, which are proper to man, are not determinate to one particular action, but are inclined indifferently to many: and they are determinate to acts by means of habits, as is clear from what we have said above (I-II:49:4). But there is a virtue even of sin; according to 1 Corinthians 15:56: "The virtue [Douay: 'strength'] of sin is the Law." These virtues are called Divine, not as though God were virtuous by reason of them, but because of them God makes us virtuous, and directs us to Himself. Further, the theological virtues are so called because they direct us to God, Who is the first beginning and last end of all things. St. Thomas Aquinas THE SUMMA THEOLOGICA Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province :Index. Reply to Objection 3. Article 2. 11: "He who created thee without thee, will not justify thee without thee." ii) that every evil is a weakness. Now hope is a kind of emotion, since it is a passion, as stated above (I-II:25:2). 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