My lovely author’s copy from Cambridge University Press arrived today.   (Of course as Samuel Johnson said, any book which you have not read is “newly published” for you.  Perhaps, for you, some books by Old Aristotle are new?)

I am delighted to have a paper in this marvelous collection.  As a graduate student I was reading St. Thomas’ commentary on the Ethics in the Robbins Philosophy Library at Harvard, when someone told me that Terry Irwin, who not very long before then had been a professor at Harvard, had used that commentary when he taught the Ethics and perhaps even had it acquired for the Library.   I don’t know whether that story is true.  But it is gratifying now to be publishing side-by-side papers with an estimable scholar about a topic, it seems, we have both loved for a long time.

I should add that around the same time I first encountered Harry Jaffa’s book on this subject.  Although the book is very highly regarded by many, I did not share such an opinion, and in my essay in this volume, among other things, I state some of my main criticisms of Jaffa.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Tobias Hoffmann, Jörn Müller and Matthias Perkams
2. Historical accuracy in Aquinas’s commentary on the Ethics T. H. Irwin
3. Structure and method in Aquinas’s appropriation of Aristotelian ethical theory Michael Pakaluk
4. Duplex beatitudo: Aristotle’s legacy and Aquinas’s conception of human happiness Jörn Müller
5. Aquinas on choice, will, and voluntary action Matthias Perkams
6. Losable virtue: Aquinas on character and will Bonnie Kent
7. Aquinas’s Aristotelian defense of martyr courage Jennifer Herdt
8. Being truthful with (or lying to) others about oneself Kevin Flannery, SJ
9. Aquinas on Aristotelian justice: defender, destroyer, subverter, or surveyor? Jeffrey Hause
10. Prudence and practical principles Tobias Hoffmann
11. Aquinas on incontinence and psychological weakness Martin Pickavé
12. Philia and caritas: some aspects of Aquinas’s reception of Aristotle’s theory of friendship Marko Fuchs
13. Pleasure: a supervenient end Kevin White
14. Aristotle, Aquinas, Anscombe, and the new virtue ethics Candace Vogler.

If you want to get a laugh, watch this YouTube clip (with computer generated voice over) manufactured, no doubt, by CUP’s publicists for the sake of greater web presence!  (These things must actually be produced automatically, by computer programs.  May I suggest to the Press that they hire some talented undergrads– I know several — who for an hour or two of minimum wage time could produce something much more personable, informative, and attractive?)