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Aquinas and Empowerment: Classical Ethics for Ordinary Lives


Applying the ethical concepts of Thomas Aquinas to contemporary moral problems, this book both presents new interpretations of Thomist theology and offers new insights into today’s perplexing moral dilemmas. This volume addresses such contemporary issues as internalized oppression, especially as it relates to women and African-Americans; feminism and anger; child abuse; friendship and charity; and finally, justice and reason.

The collection revives Aquinas as an ethicist who has relevant things to say about contemporary concerns. These essays illustrate how Thomistic ethics can encourage and empower people in moral struggles. As the first book to use Aquinas to explore such issues as child abuse and oppression, it includes a variety of approaches to Aquinas’ ethics. Aquinas and Empowerment is a valuable resource for students of classical thought and contemporary ethics.

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Key Features

  • Examines internal oppression in regard to women and African Americans, child abuse, as well as others
  • Provides new insights and interpretations of the influential Thomist theology
  • Revives the ideas of Aquinas by framing them within contemporary concepts


  • “Getting Egypt out of the People: Aquinas’ Contributions to Liberation,” by Judith W. Kay
  • “Taking Women’s Experience Seriously: Thomas Aquinas and Audre Lorde on Anger,” by Diana Fritz Cates
  • “Child Abuse and Embodiment from a Thomistic Perspective,” by G. Simon Harak
  • “Growing Together in the Divine Love: The Role of Charity in the Moral Theology of Thomas Aquinas,” by Paul J. Wadell
  • “Epieikeia and the Accomplishment of the Just,” by Romanus Cassario

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About G. Simon Harak

G. Simon Harak is director of the Center for Peacemaking at Marquette University.