Kresta in the Afternoon – January 22, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic - The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act

    Cutting through contemporary confusions with his characteristic rigor Dr. Steven Long offers the most penetrating study available of St. Thomas Aquinas's doctrine of the intention, choice, object, end, and species of the moral act. Many studies of human action and morality after Descartes and Kant have suffered from a tendency to split body and soul, so that the intention of the human spirit comes to justify whatever the body is made to do. The portrait of human action and morality that arises from such accounts is one of the soul as the pilot and the body as raw material in need of humanization. In a masterful study, Long reconnects the teleology of the soul with the teleology of the body, so that human goal-oriented action rediscovers its lost moral unity, given it by the Creator who has created the human person as a body-soul unity.

    Second Topic – Chivalry

    We all have a picture in our mind of what knighthood and chivalry are all about. Knighthood is about jousting and chivalry is about holding the door open for a lady. Right? Dr. Jeffrey Hass takes us deeper into the history, traditions, and code of knighthood.

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