Human Acts and Acts of Man

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HUMAN ACTS

Introduction
Human persons – intelligent and free

- capable of determining our own lives
by our own free choices

HOW?

- by freely choosing to shape our lives and actions in accord with the truth → by making good moral choices - These choices performed as free persons are called HUMAN ACTS

DEFINITION OF HUMAN ACTS
➢ Acts which man does as man = acts proper to man as man ➢ Acts of which he is properly master = because he does them with full knowledge and of his own will = actions performed by man knowingly and freely = will → properly enlightened by knowledge → supplied by the intellect ➢ Therefore, Human acts are those acts which proceed from a deliberate freewill

HUMAN ACTS – THE CONCERN OF MORALITY

➢ only human acts are moral acts = it is only with human acts that man is responsible for his actions

REASON AND FREEDOM – makes man a moral subject

REASON
- Human acts are either in agreement or in disagreement with the dictates of reason dictates of reason - shared consciousness of prudent people about the manner of action or behavior - Norm of morality which is the standard by which actions are judged as good or evil

= good --- in harmony with reason = evil --- opposed to reason = indifferent --- neutral
FREEDOM
- makes man a moral subject
- when man acts in deliberate manner --- he is the father of his acts - man is thus responsible for those acts --- he can acknowledge that he has done them because he wanted to --- and he can explain why he decided to do them = those acts can be morally classified – they are either good or evil

INTELLECT AND WILL IN HUMAN ACTS
- intellect and the will are not 2 successive acts but 2 elements of...
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