Charity the Form of the Virtues

IIa IIae, 23, 8 is one of the most important arguments in all of Thomas’s moral theology: he has suggested earlier that the proper end of every human act is charity; he now suggests that the end re-structures the very architecture of the virtues, so that charity is not merely an eventual (supernatural) terminus for human acts, but the very marrow of every good act or habit. This, or nothing else, is what keeps him from being a thoroughgoing Aristotelian with respect to “worldly” concerns: charity is not just about life in heaven, but forces us to re-think our every daily act from the perspective of heaven.

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