May 2006 Archives

Aquinas on Human Action and Culpability

In order for certain human actions to be deemed moral, thereby making the individual culpable, the demonstration must be made that such actions are distinct from acts which arise through external principles, as well as those acts arising from internal principles which are non-culpable. This brief paper will examine Aquinas' theory of human activity in general and voluntary activity specifically. Our purpose will be to determine Aquinas' placement and definition of human moral culpability as pertains to the individual's voluntary action.