Justice according to Thomas Aquinas
Justice according to Thomas Aquinas:The current globalized economy cannot be administered by legal limits alone. Both subjective virtues and objective moral precepts are necessity for its persistent success. Thomas’ moral theory meets the current need for ethics that exceeds the legal realm by connecting the ideas of virtue and justice in a resourceful way. This paper discusses the virtue of justice in general, according to St. Thomas Aquinas’ doctrine drawing mainly on the Summa Theologiae.
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St. Thomas defines virtue in the Summa Theologiae as “a mind’s good quality by which we live virtuously, through which nobody can make bad use, which God works inside us, without us.” Virtue is a natural thing in man’s powers that makes those powers perfect, making it simpler for them to generate and demonstrate.
Justice can also be a common virtue. As earlier stated, justice directs man in his interaction with others. “Others” are people in a part of a community or individuals. When they are viewed as part of a community then they are a part of an entire.
Catechism of the Catholic Church (hereafter CCC),
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P64.HTM, accessed February 2014, 1803
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