Published online by Cambridge University Press: 18 September 2020
At the beginning of our survey regarding the conditions for virtue, we called attention to the various gradations in virtue.* While the taxonomy made it possible for our disquisition to presuppose what Aquinas had in mind when he speaks of virtue simpliciter, we stopped short of identifying that form of virtue secundum quid most advantageous for us to explore. Unsurprisingly, within our schema, there can be only one notion of virtue simpliciter. However, as noted, Aquinas’s readers have distilled at least four other gradations of virtue. In one way or another, each of these inferior gradations takes the nomination of “virtue,” but certainly not in the full sense of the term.