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.
Course Outline: 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. - Analyse 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.
BENEDICTUS XVI, Deus Caritas Est: Encyclical Letter on Christian Love (Vatican City, LEV 2005); BENEDICTUS XVI, Spe salvi: Encyclical Letter on Christian Hope (Vatican City, LEV 2007); Catechism of the Catholic Church (Vatican City, LEV 21994); CESSARIO R., Moral Virtues and Theological Ethics (Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press 1991); FERRERO M., The Cultivation of Virtue in Matteo Ricci’s “the True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven (Taipei, Fu Jen Catholic University Press 2004); MACINTYRE A., After Virtue: a Study in Moral Theory (Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press 1981); MELINA L., Sharing in Christ’s Virtues: For a Renewal of Moral Theology in Light of Veritatis Splendor (Washington, Catholic University of America Press 2002); PIEPER J., Faith, Hope, Love (San Francisco, Ignatius Press 1997); PIEPER J., The Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance (New York, Harcourt 1965); POPE J.S. (Ed.), The Ethics of Aquinas (Washington, Georgetown University Press 2002).