In order to depict this structure and to explain how it bears upon the analysis of action, the author investigates a number of issues that have attracted the attention of Thomistic and Aristotelian scholarship. He examines the nature of practical reason, its relationship with theoretical reason, the derivation of lower from higher ethical principles, the incommensurability of human goods, the relationship between will and intellect, and the principle of double effect.
Dr. Raymond B. Flannery, Jr. Ph.D., is the author of several books including "Preventing Youth Violence: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors" (Continuum, 1999.) He is on the faculties of both Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He works as a violence-prevention consultant both here and abroad. He lives in the suburbs of Boston.