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Moral Philosophy In Henry Of Ghent

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This chapter aims not only to show that Henry created his own ethical theory, but also to demonstrate how Henry's moral doctrine is characterized by new and original traits in comparison to other thinkers of his day. The analysis of Henry's ethical philosophy is conducted first of all by studying the Quodlibetal questions in which Henry presents his theory of the virtues.Then, the inquiry continues through the examination of some illustrative texts concerning specific cases of moral action in the political and "economic" sphere. The study of Henry's ethics concludes with a discussion of the figure of the theologian, called upon by Henry to become the true arbitrator of ethics and its laws.

Keywords: ethical theory; Henry of Ghent; moral philosophy; theologian; theory of virtue



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