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Title: Virtù esemplari. L’etica tommasiana tra neoplatonismo e aristotelismo
Authors: Vaccarezza, Maria Silvia
Keywords: Moral exemplarismAquinasAristotleNeoplatonismunity of the virtues
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Maria Silvia Vaccarezza, "Virtù esemplari. L’etica tommasiana tra neoplatonismo e aristotelismo", in "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2018) XX/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2018, pp. 15-30
Journal: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics 
This paper offers an historical analysis of the role of moral exemplarity in Thomas
Aquinas‟ thought, in order to contribute to the current discussion on moral Exemplarism.
First, I will argue that, by combining Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism, Aquinas‟ ethics
amounts to a peculiar exemplarist theory of the virtues. The Aristotelian emphasis on the
phronimos, combined with the Neoplatonic exitus -reditus conceptual schema, results – I
will argue – in an account of the degrees of virtue which grounds a form of theological
exemplarism. Then, I will claim that, in order to make sense of Aristotle‟s own ethical
dynamism, an understanding of the development of virtue by degrees is needed. By means
of such an understanding, I will show that the distance separating Aquinas‟ and Aristotle‟s
account of virtue development significantly reduces. Thanks to this analysis, I will finally
support a model of virtue development grounded both in moral exemplarity and in an
ideal of dynamic unity of the virtues.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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