Germain Grisez

Philosopher, Author

1929 –

90

Who is Germain Grisez?

Germain Gabriel Grisez is a French-American philosopher. 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' 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.

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

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Born
1929
Also known as
  • Germain Gabriel Grisez
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Chicago

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on July 23, 2013

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