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date: 19 April 2021

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Thomism is a philosophical movement based on the writings of Thomas Aquinas. This chapter begins by explaining the historical context within which Thomism originated and some of the general issues arising in Thomistic discussions, and then considers the two main approaches to Thomistic ethics: eudaimonism and natural law. It concludes with an application of Thomistic ideas to a current discussion of justice and practical rationality, specifically Alasdair MacIntyre's treatment of Aquinas in his book, Whose Justice? Which Rationality?

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas, Thomistic ethics, eudaimonism, natural law, justice, practical rationality, Alasdair MacIntyre, ethical theory

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