The course aims to facilitate knowledge of the concept of virtue and thereby reinforce the conviction that virtues enable a person to freely practice the good. It aims also to facilitate the knowledge of the complementary role of human virtues and grace through the study of the Cardinal and Theological virtues which form the basis of Christian moral life.
The meaning of virtues; Theological and moral virtues; The virtue of religion at the core of moral life; History of the Christian concept of virtues; Philosophical and Biblical approach to virtues; The cardinal virtues; Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance; The theological virtues; Faith, Hope, and Charity. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course the students are expected to: Explain the meaning of virtues in the context of Christian moral life, Describe and distinguish the Philosophical and Biblical approaches to virtues, Analyze the process and effect of formation of habits, Explain the Cardinal virtues and their pervasive influence, Delineate the role of the Theological virtues on Christian life. Describe the role of virtues in living a good life/moral life.
Catechism of the Catholic Church. CESSARIO R., Moral Virtues and Theological Ethics (Notre Dame-IN, 1991); BENEDICTUS XVI, Deus Caritas Est (2005); BENEDICTUS XVI, Spe Salvi (2007); FERRERO M., The Cultivation of Virtue in Matteo Ricci’s “the True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven” (Taipei, 2004); MACINTYRE A., After Virtue: a Study in Moral Theory (Notre Dame, 1981); MELINA L., Sharing in Christ’s Virtues: For a Renewal of Moral Theology in Light of Veritatis Splendor (Washington D.C., 2002); POPE J.S. (ed.), The Ethics of Aquinas (Washington D.C., 2002); PIEPER J., The Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance (New York, Harcourt, 1965); ID., Faith, Hope, Love (San Francisco, 1997).