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Sin: A Thomistic Psychology


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Steven J. Jensen is the author of Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts; Living the Good Life: A Beginner's Thomistic Ethics; Good and Evil Actions: A Journey Through Saint Thomas Aquinas and the editor of The Ethics of Organ Transplantation (all CUA Press).


"This volume contributes significantly to the rich and varied corpus of literature on Thomas Aquinas's philosophical and theological commentaries on sin. In 15 thematic chapters, he carries out an extensive and careful study of this psychology of sin not only from Aquinas's writings, but also from recent Thomistic scholarship. Jensen remains within the intellectualist tradition of the understanding of sin, but also makes a coherent case for differing voluntarist views. He illustrates his carefully constructed arguments with many helpful and clarifying examples. The book is valuable for scholars engaged not only with Aquinas's views on sin, but also with the nature and scope of human action that is needed to understand and explain sin and moral evil."--Swindal, J.C., CHOICE

"Jensen helps us to get the root of sin and its causes - ignorance, passion, and an evil will - as well as to understand how our lives should be ordered to God."--Staudt, Jared, Denver Catholic "Jensen has established himself as an important voice among con-temporary Thomists, and this is yet another fine book of careful reasoning and engagement with a wide array of scholars. And, thinking now of this book's suitability for research and classroom use, this is the rare work of contemporary scholarship that both advances our understanding of the thinker as well as the topic at hand and holds a place in an intermediate or advanced undergraduate class. As readers of his The Good Life know, Jensen is a teacher first and foremost, and even in books like this one, where he is directly engaged with other scholars, he never loses sight of those students who are thinking on these things for the first time."--Michael P. Krom, Journal of Moral Theology "Steven Jensen is a superb, careful reader of Thomas Aquinas. He demonstrates command of the breadth of the Thomistic corpus, interprets well those texts he deploys, and is immersed in contemporary scholarship on the matters at hand. His line of argumentation is airtight. An outstanding piece of scholarship. -"--William C. Mattison III, University of Notre Dame "Steven Jensen only chooses to write after he has worked through the various difficulties of his subject and has a commanding view of it and of his central argument. The result is an extended argument, step by step, carefully developed as the material demands. It is especially valuable for the care he takes to understand the thought of Aquinas, which he substantially delivers to us. This is an essential work for any Thomist who desires to understand Thomas's psychology of sin and to be 'up to speed' on contemporary debates on this psychology. Another tour de force from a significant contemporary Thomist! -"--Michael Torre, University of San Francisco

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