Henryk Majkrzak

Amore, amicizia e carità in san Tommaso d'Aquino
[Love, Friendship and Charity in St. Thomas Aquinas]

Article
11 - 2006, pages 119–129
Date of online publication: 15 June 2015
Date of publication: 01 November 2006

Abstract

This article addresses the problem of the understanding of love in St. Thomas Aquinas. For him love is the basis of ethics. He divides love into the natural, the sensual and the rational. In turn, rational love is divided into appetitive love and benevolent love. The latter is the basis of friendship, which is possible when such love is reciprocated. True friendship is based on virtue, and when her primary subject is God, the friendship becomes a supernatural virtue—that of charity.

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Majkrzak, Henryk. “Amore, amicizia e carità in san Tommaso d'Aquino.” Forum Philosophicum 11 (2006): 119–129. doi:10.5840/forphil20061114.

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