Category Archives: Moral Philosophy

Confusing the Symptom for the Disease

Here is my comment over at Acton: It seems confusing that the Rabbi at first acknowledges there is something deeply wrong in the American and French Revolutions but then endorse the deep root of American plotics. I think the good … Continue reading

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Usury: Sodomizing Art

In the prior post, I noted how usury relates to a lack of security in a contract. Let’s draw this out a bit or back.┬áDante puts usurers and sodomites in the same circle of hell, in fact usurers are in … Continue reading

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De Usuris

In order to understand usury, we need to have a clear understanding of several concepts that provide the foundation of the moral understanding of usury. Here I am not attempting a complete and comprehensive articulation of these concepts, but simply … Continue reading

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Just Punishment and Just Price

Justice is grounded in a certain equality, that is giving what is due according to a nature. There is an equality between the nature and what is owed it and what is given. This equality establishes justice. In retributive justice, … Continue reading

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Greatness of the Common Good

“The common good is greater not because it includes the singular good of all the singulars; in that case it would not have the unity of the common good which comes from a certain kind of universality in the latter, … Continue reading

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Authority and Property

Authority has the character of intelligence directing to some end. God as the supreme authority directs all things to their ends. Man has a certain capacity in virtue of being in the image of God, that is in possessing rationality, … Continue reading

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Ground of Economics

This is entirely a point of speculation on my part: Proposal: The early Scholastics focused on the ethics of economics because of the explicit metaphysical realism that sees a good economy as an ethical one. One of the frequent points … Continue reading

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