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Perfection in Death
by Patrick M. Clark
Catholic University of America Press, 2015
eISBN: 978-0-8132-2798-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8132-2797-9
Library of Congress Classification B765.T54C518 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 236.1

Perfection in Death compares and contrasts the relationship between conceptions of courage and death in the thought of Aquinas and his ancient philosophical sources. At the center of this investigation is Aquinas' identification of martyrdom as the paradigmatic act of courage as well as "the greatest proof of the perfection of charity." Such a portrayal of "perfection in death" bears some resemblance to the ancient tradition of "noble death", but departs from it in decisive ways. Clark argues that this departure can only be fully understood in light of an accompanying transformation of the metaphysical and anthropological framework underlying ancient theories of virtue. Perfection in Death aims to provide a new, theological account of this paradigm shift in light of contemporary Thomistic scholarship.

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