Why Did I Do that? Forming Vice or Virtue in the Human Heart
John Cuddeback, Ph.D.
Lecture Two: Cultivating Excellence: Hoeing the Row to Greatness
November 18, 2014
Suggested Reading on Virtue:
Aquinas, St.Thomas, Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province:
First Part of the Second Part [I-II],
Questions 49-54 are about habits in general
Questions 55-67 are about virtues in general
Second Part of the Second Part [II-II]
After going through the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, St. Thomas proceeds to go through the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, courage, and temperance.
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
The whole book is a masterpiece. At times it is difficult to follow.
Bk II gives basic principles and definitions.
Bk III, chs 6-9 are about courage; chs 10-12 about temperance
Bk IV goes through a number of beautiful virtues
Bk V is about justice
Bk VI is about intellectual virtues, including prudence
Pieper, Josef, The Four Cardinal Virtues
Faith, Hope, and Love
Kreeft, Peter, Back to Virtue
Gray, Tim and Curtis Martin, Boys to Men: The Transforming Power of Virtue