Aquinas'notion of friendship and its relevance to eternal happiness. What is happiness? What is its nature and character both here and in the hereafter? Is it attainable? What is the nature and character of friendship? Is it possible? Why is it so integral to happiness, the goal of man, in such a way as to say no one can be called happy who is without friends?
ECTS Credits: 3
Professor: Fr Benjamin Bem Kwaghgba, OP
AQUINAS’ NOTION OF FRIENDSHIP AND ITS RELEVANCE TO ETERNAL HAPPINESS.
1 CHAPTER ONE THE CONCEPT OF HAPPINESS
1.1 Prefatory Remarks
1.2 Definitions of the Concept
1.3 Aristotle on Happiness
1.4 Cicero On Happiness
1.4.1 The Epicurean Standpoint
1.4.2 The Stoic Standpoint
1.4.3 The Academics’ Standpoint
1.5 The Scriptures on Happiness
1.6 St Augustine on Happiness 19
CHAPTER TWO THE CONCEPT OF FRIENDSHIP.
2.1 Definitions of the Concept of Friendship.
2.2 Characteristics of Friendship.
2.3 Love, Family and Friendship: Basic Conceptual Distinction.
2.4 The Scriptures on Friendship.
2.5 Aristotle on Friendship.
2.5.1 Aristotle's Friendship Defined.
2.5.2 The Necessity/ Importance of Friendship in General.
2.5.3 The Types of Friendship.
2.5.4. Friendships of Utility and Pleasure.
2.5.5 Friendship of Virtue: Perfect Friendship.
2.6 Cicero on Friendship.
2.7 Augustine on Friendship.
CHAPTER THREE. THOMAS AQUINAS ON HAPPINESS AND FRIENDSHIP.
3.1 Thomas Aquinas on Happiness
3.1.1 The Ultimate End
3.1.2 The Object of Happiness
3.1.4 Conditions/ Goods that are Necessary for Happiness
3.1.5 The Attainment of Happiness
3.2 Thomas Aquinas on Friendship
CHAPTER FOUR. FRIENDSHIP AND HAPPINESS: RELEVANCE TO ETERNAL HAPPINESS.
4.1 Prefatory Remarks.
4.2 The Relationship Between Friendship and Happiness.
4.3 Friendship: Relevance to Eternal Happiness.
4.4 Evaluation and Conclusion
1.1. Primary Sources.
1.2. Secondary Texts
1.5. Internet Materials 69