Lesson 3


Review Questions

In the Summa Contra Gentiles, St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: "God is offended by us only when we act _______ ___ ___ ____." Fill in the blanks.

Why must we understand the nature of the body and of passions to make good moral choices?

Some people believe that the soul is good and the body is evil. What is the Catholic response to this opinion?

What is a human act? How does it differ from an act of a human being?

What is an appetite?

What is a moral agent?

Give several examples showing how human beings both act and are acted upon.

Can circumstances make a bad act good? Can they make a good act bad?

What seven questions can you ask to identify the circumstances of an act?

What are the three components of a moral act?

Explain the importance of habits in the moral life. What is another word for good habits? What is another word for bad habits?

What effect do vices have on freedom?

Explain Aristotle's hylomorphic theory.

In what sense can a moral act have matter and form?


Albert kills Ernest. Describe three different imaginary situations based on intentions and circumstances (who, what, where, when, by what means, how) that make it (1) murder, (2) self-defense, (3) heroism. Explain how this sort of analysis differs from situation ethics.


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