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Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Virtue Ethics

My Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics was published by Cambridge University Press in May, 2017.  It is a line-by-line examination, in the classical style, of selections on moral character from the Summa Theologiae.

Part I is about virtue in general; Part II focuses on the virtue of justice.  I’ve written the book for in such a way as to be helpful to both scholars and beginners.  Because the topic is foundational to many other studies, it should be useful in courses on ethics, political philosophy, jurisprudence, and moral theology, among others.

Right here you can view the copyright page, the analytical table of contents, the frontmatter including the introduction, a sample chapter, and the index.  I don't know why says the book is 250 pages; it's 295.


Moral, intellectual, and spiritual virtue is one of the great themes of Thomas Aquinas’s greatest work, the Summa Theologiae. Yet because much of what Thomas communicates remains opaque to modern readers, we are in need of an authoritative guide. J. Budziszewski is one of the most illuminating, provocative, and commanding Thomistic scholars working today. His line-by-line commentary on Thomas’s virtue-ethics stands as an essential guide to an essential work, illuminating the enduring themes and insights of the Summa Theologiae while connecting them to cutting-edge contemporary issues in social science, jurisprudence, philosophy, and theology. This volume is a valuable resource for scholars and students alike.  -- Justin Dyer, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Missouri

J. Budziszewski’s Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’ Virtue Ethics is not just an important contribution to the scholarship on Aquinas, it is a text that one can confidently put in the hands of someone who is just beginning to explore the work of the Angelic Doctor. Because Budziszewski is conversant with debates in contemporary ethics, he is able to show his readers how Aquinas’s insights into the nature of virtue and the good life are just as relevant today as they were in the 13th century.” -- Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University