Habits of study in the Decree on the Reform of Ecclesiastical Studies of Philosophy


Juan Martínez Porcell


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 64, Issue 149 (january-june), 2015, pages 133-150




The Decree on the Reform of Ecclesiastical Studies of Philosophy, lends a special importance to the training of intellectual habits among students and candidates of the ecclesiastical faculties. This paper focuses on the need of a valid metaphysics to make it possible to understand the origin of the intellectual act. It describes the nature of habits and it also considers the formation of intellectual virtue, as necessary as contents, for a suitable philosophical formation. At this point, it pays attention to the relationship between the formation of habits and free will, by virtue of which habits may increase or decrease. Finally, it reflects on the virtue of studiositas which should have a moral and supernatural goal

Key words:

Intellectual habits, studiousness, philosophy, wisdom.



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