Faith and Philosophy

Volume 15, Issue 4, October 1998

Virtues and Virtue Theories From a Christian Perspective

Kenneth W. Kemp
Pages 462-477

The Virtue of Faith in Theology, Natural Science, and Philosophy

In this paper, I attempt to develop the account of intellectual virtues offered by Aristotle and St. Thomas in a way which recognizes faith as a good intellectual habit. I go on to argue that, as a practical matter, this virtue is needed not only in theology, where it provides the basis of further intellectual work, but also in the natural sciences, where it is required given the complexity of the subject matter and the cooperative nature of the enterprise.