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Germain Grisez

Germain Gabriel Grisez (born 1929) is a French-American philosopher.[1] Grisez's development of ideas from Thomas Aquinas has redirected Catholic thought and changed the way it has engaged with secular moral philosophy. In 'The First Principle of Practical Reason: A Commentary on the Summa Theologiae, I-II, Q. 94, A. 2' (1965) Grisez attacked the neo-scholastic interpretation of Aquinas as holding that moral norms are derived from methodologically antecedent knowledge of human nature. Grisez defends the idea of metaphysical free choice, and proposes a natural law theory of practical reasoning and moral judgement which, although broadly Thomistic, departs from Aquinas on significant points.[2]

Grisez is emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD.[3]

External links

  • The Way of the Lord Jesus Complete text of the three volumes and additional material
  • The Making of a Moral Theologian, Russell Shaw. 1996 article on Grisez's personal and professional life, including his work for Cardinal O'Boyle of the Diocese of Washington D.C.
  • Biotechnology and Human Dignity in the Thought of Germain Grisez, Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese. Describes the necessity of the Christian virtue of hope in choosing the good of the human person in so-called "hard cases".

See also

  • Robert P. George


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  2. ^ George, Robert P. (1995). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 328.  
  3. ^ New documents reveal inner workings of papal birth control commission
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