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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. He demonstrates the unsound overvaluation of moderation that has made contemporary morality a hollow convention and points out the true significance of the Christian virtues.
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Im a lutheran protestant and Ive read it. Four cardinal …more Hi Ben! Four cardinal virtues are based on our knowledge of higher good – God. See 1 question about The Four Cardinal Virtues…. Lists with This Book. Mar 27, Carlos rated it it was amazing.
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This book contains four separate sections, one on each of the cardinal virtues. In each of these, Pieper takes a look at the virtue as defined, or often mis-defined by the contemporary world piper he contrasts this with how the Church in general and St. Thomas in particular understand that given virtue. What emerges is a picture of true humanity.
Often what the cardjnal offers us is appealing but insufficient, God calls us to go deeper and strive to reach higher, and in return He promises us true joy This book contains four separate sections, one on each of the cardinal virtues.
Often what the world offers us is appealing but insufficient, God calls us to go deeper and strive to reach higher, and in return He promises us true joy. This is a challenging but rewarding read. The insights it provides leave much to ponder as to how we can truly begin to live more richly in God’s plan for us. Oct 31, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was a significant resource for me as I crafted a series of podcast episodes on the virtues to a college audience.
It was a great blessing for me to come across this book, since it anchored my own reflections with such challenging depth. Pieper does a great service to his reader by not only articulating the basic definitions of virtue, but then situating them within a wider understanding of the human person and human activity that frequently imposes need to set the book down and meditat This book was a significant resource for me as I crafted a series of podcast episodes on the virtues to a college audience.
Pieper does a great service to his reader by not only articulating the basic definitions of virtuess, but then situating them vritues a wider understanding of the human person and human activity that frequently imposes need to set the book down and meditate. Pieper encountered the clash of the Christian worldview with competing ideologies in the 20th century, and saw what was truly at stake: The Christian ethical and moral foundations of civilization are truly precious, and Pieper has done something wonderful in presenting these virtues in a format that allows their glorious tour to shine through their periodically arid formulations.
Jul 22, Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is one of those that was not read in one or two or even 20 sittings! It takes thoughtful time There is so much to be gleaned. Dec 17, Wes Dessonville rated it it was amazing. In his book The Four Cardinal Virtues, Josef Pieper lays a critical foundation for the understanding of the cardinal virtues as seen through the thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Pieper lays out very directly where he is going in his Thomistic explanation of the cardinal virtues and the moral life.
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In his treatise of prudence, for carrinal, Pieper explains the primacy of prudence in relation to the moral virtues and the ethics of man. Prudence has to be primary because that is what the moral life and s In his book The Four Cardinal Virtues, Josef Pieper lays a critical foundation for the understanding of the cardinal virtues as seen through the thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Prudence has to be primary because that is what the moral life and subsequently prudence is all about — doing the good. Pieper josf only shows that prudence disposes practical reason to discern the true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it, but that all good is prudent; and therefore that all virtue is necessary prudent p.
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His logical display of all virtue as prudent is logically followed by the joset that all vice and sin is thus imprudent. Pieper does so by clearly demonstrating the relationship of the virtues of prudence: This, naturally, for Pieper is ontologically how the growth of the virtue of prudence in Aquinas is brought about p. This is further illumined with the vices of prudence. Pieper demonstrates that for Aquinas first and foremost there is a type of imprudence where something is lacking in the quality of a particular act.
He shows how Aquinas discovers that these acts have their origin in unchastity — surrendering to the power of the goods of the sensual world, which splits decision making in two p. Pieper then goes on to state that cunning astutia is the most characteristic form of false prudence in the human person. Thus the proposition that there cannot be any false or crooked ways leading to the proper end goal; that, for Aquinas, not only the end of acts have to be in accord with truth but the means as well.
Thus reason, formed by the reality of the truth, must not be blocked by cunning in the means to getting to true piepeer proper ends.
caridnal And so, for Aquinas the role of prudence in the moral life cannot be over emphasized. For it is prudence alone, according to Aquinas, which Pieper says is in accord with reason p. An example that Pieper gives from Aquinas to help demonstrate this is to imagine a man who is temperate in his sensual appetite and yet does not have prudence in his reason, then the temperance, de facto, would fail to be a virtue. This idea further shows the primacy and foundation of prudence in the thought of Aquinas.
Thus whatever we do, prudence is the virtue of doing an act well or rightly, or as Aquinas says, the right reason of doing p.
There is more one could say on the role of prudence in the thought of Aquinas, especially the relationship concerning supernatural prudence, that is, prudence affected by grace and the theological virtue of charity.
This would require a further treatise on charity and the supernatural life. Suffice it to say, even supreme supernatural fourr, according to Aquinas, can only have the following aim: According to the scriptures, the man who acts in truth acts in light Jn 3: As Pieper moves along the hierarchy of moral virtues, he and Aquinas come to justice next.
Simply speaking, justice is the habit to give to God and to man what is his due.
But it follows that if one presupposes that man is to give to others their due, it means that man by his nature has things that are in fact due him. In the moral and social realm we call these rights.
Thus the interplay of justice and rights. Pieper does a good job here of laying out the foundational principle that rights come before justice p. It is through creation and that the created being first caddinal to have rights. The right to life and all that surrounds it is our basic human right and jsoef is receiving them that establishes justice. These rights are inalienable.
Man has inalienable rights because, again, he is a created person by the act of God. Pieper shows further how jose can only be discussed meaningfully if it is regarded in the context of a complete moral doctrine. That as a part of man, justice is arranged toward the good, toward the other, it directs man in piepre relationship with others p.
Justice, simply speaking, deals with living with others p. Thus just as only the prudent man can be virtuous in relation to himself and others, so too can only the just man acquire the prudence to live bravely virtuess temperately in the world for the common good of all.
This leads Pieper to unpack the various relationships of justice as found in Aquinas. There is a broader meaning of justice: This is known as legal or general justice. For Pieper this is a salient insight because justice thus cannot be on the same level as fortitude or temperance p. And since justice exists because virtuea objective truth, the mean of justice consists in a certain proportion of equality between the external thing and the external person p.
Thus the good of reason shines more brightly in justice than in and of the other moral virtues; justice is closer to reason. For it is not enough for us to do the just thing but to be just. Here we see the elucidating of being over doing, and a more complete truth of the moral and virtuous life.
Justice is said to rule in a community state when these three fundamental relationships are disposed in their proper order: The brilliance in the way Pieper shows the interrelationship and depth of all these kinds of justice is the ability to see the depth of meaning in things.
We see how we human being are configured towards right order and that when we damage and destroy this order, such as by committing an injustice, we not only damage others but counterintuitively harm ourselves even more.
Fortitude and temperance are, in a sense for Pieper, the practical living out of the moral life in the world by the prudent and just man p. To be brave, for Pieper, is at its heart not only of battle, but of martyrdom. It is carrinal that gives one the strength to die for the faith.
Consequently, as Pieper observes, it is often forgotten in this day and age as a virtue, fortitude carries with it a positive relationship to just anger p. This is the passion that motivates a person to the willingness to attack evil and is thus a virtue. Temperance is the fourth virtue. Today, temperance is associated with bodily pleasures, nosef the classic view of temperance included spiritual temperance as well, such as the virtue that regulates the desire for knowledge being studiositas as compared josfe the pathological need for sense perception which is the vice of curiositas p.
It is a worthwhile exercise to read the section on temperance to see how moderate Aquinas is when it recognizes that virtue is the means between two antipodal vices. Even a disordered turning toward the goods e.