O’Callaghan, John P.
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John O'Callaghan is associate professor of Philosophy and Director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame. He has written or edited a number of books and articles in the area of Thomistic studies, including Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn (2003), and Recovering Nature (with Thomas Hibbs, 1999). He is a past president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.


On Abolishing the Death Penalty: A Response to Daryl Charles

Aquinas's argument is not that killing an offender is always lawful, much less that it is mandatory. It is lawful upon a condition, namely, that it is necessary to protect the common good from a threat. Absent that condition, Aquinas does not argue or even suggest that killing a malefactor, including one who has committed murder, is lawful.

Date posted: 2023-03-25