Dominic Farrell

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
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    In Gaudium et Spes and Dignitatis Humanae the Second Vatican Council not only presents the dignity of the human person as the parting point for its moral teaching but also grounds human dignity in natural teleology. Natural teleology is the view that the good of any thing corresponds to, and so can be discerned from, the ends to which it is directed by its nature, both that end which is proper to it and those ends that it has as part of a wider order. As official Church teachings, these document…Read more
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    Justice is a divine attribute to which the sacred texts of the Abrahamic religions attest frequently and to which people attach great importance. However, it is the express subject of comparatively few contemporary studies. It has been argued that this is symptomatic of a long-standing trend in Christian theology, which has tended to conceive justice narrowly, as retributive. This paper makes the case that, mediaeval theologians, from Anselm to Aquinas, address the divine attribute of justice in…Read more
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    Replies to Li and Fan
    In Hon-Lam Li & Michael Campbell (eds.), Public Reason and Bioethics: Three Perspectives, Springer Verlag. pp. 181-194. 2021.
    Farrell and Tham argue against Li’s view expressed in Chap. 1. They also respond to Fan’s Confucianism articulated in Chap. 2.
  • The Natural Law Tradition, Public Reason, and Bioethics
    In Hon-Lam Li & Michael Campbell (eds.), Public Reason and Bioethics: Three Perspectives, Springer Verlag. pp. 59-92. 2021.
    The chapter argues that the natural law tradition’s conception of public reason is more consistent than that of political liberalism, especially when it comes to bioethical legislation. After offering a précis of Thomist natural law theory, the chapter examines Alasdair MacIntyre’s treatment of the rational resolution of moral disagreements and argues that, in line with the natural law tradition, public reason should be construed as a shared political deliberation that is rooted in truth-directe…Read more
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    Wanting the Common Good: Aquinas on General Justice
    Review of Metaphysics 71 (3). 2017.
    Ancient philosophers develop what has been called a compositional conception of justice. They treat the virtue of justice as conceptually anterior to a just social order and the moral standing of others. By reversing the order of priority, modern thought proposes structural conceptions of justice. However, Thomas Aquinas’s compositional account of justice may satisfy the demands of modern conceptions. He argues that there is a moral virtue called general or legal justice, which consists in respo…Read more
  • Good & Evil Actions. A Journey through Saint Thomas Aquinas (review)
    Alpha Omega 14 (3): 468-470. 2011.