Amusement in Ethics

WARNING: This may only be amusing to a select few (namely, ethicists or theologians) . . . but I cannot stop chortling over this term.

In my readings in ethics today I ran across an amusing term I had never heard before. Therefore, I thought you might be interested in learning a new term as well (this assumes you don’t already know it). Let me set the context. Thomism is the philosophical school that arose as a legacy of the work and thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. The word Thomism comes from the name of its originator, St. Thomas Aquinas, whose Summa Theologica was one of the most influential documents in medieval philosophy and continues to be studied in philosophy classes today.

That being said . . . if you are a person who admires the structural analysis of Thomas Aquinas, but do not follow Aquinas’ thoughts or conclusions, you are amusingly and affectionately called a “peeping Thomist!”


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