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Thomas Aquinas and His Legacy (Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy)

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ISBN 10: 0813207908 / ISBN 13: 9780813207902
Published by Catholic Univ of Amer Pr, 1994
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Title: Thomas Aquinas and His Legacy (Studies in ...

Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr

Publication Date: 1994

Book Condition:Good

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The ten essays in this collection approach the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas not merely as an object of scholarly interest, but also as a framework for addressing perennial philosophical questions. The first five articles are expositions of important philosophical themes as developed in Aquinas's own works. In the last five, Aquinas's thought is brought to bear on contemporary philosophical discussions of metaphysical, ethical, and social issues. In the first essay, Kenneth L. Schmitz explores the centrality of esse in Aquinas's thought and chronicles the changing currents in its study over the course of this century. Next, Jorge J. E. Gracia describes Aquinas's distinctive solution to the age- old problem of the ontological status of universals. Turning to ethical themes, David M. Gallagher outlines the precise nature of moral goodness and how Thomas relates it to his larger metaphysical understanding of the good. Gregory Martin Reichberg takes up the more specific issue of the possibility and nature of moral responsibility within the activity of theoretical or speculative thought. In the final essay of the first part, Edward P. Mahoney examines Aquinas's arguments against Averroes's doctrine of the unity of the intellect in order show the consistency of Aquinas's teaching throughout his career. In the second set of articles, Oliva Blanchette contrasts Thomas's notion of perfection with that of Charles Hartshorne, demonstrating how Hartshorne arrives at his particular understanding of the divine perfection. Alejandro Llano argues that the understanding of possibility employed by Jaako Hintikka and Simo Knuuttila is much narrower than Aquinas's analogical understanding, and that consequently they do not distinguish between logical and ontological possibilities. Turning to political philosophy, John P. Hittinger examines Yves Simon's and Jacques Maritain's Thomistically inspired arguments for the desirability of modern liberal democracies, while questioning their consistency with Thomas's own political thought. Arguments which would have a direct bearing on questions in medical ethics are examined in William A. Wallace's essay in which he appeals to principles of Thomistic natural philosophy to argue that personal death may well precede the biological death of the human body. In the final article, Stephen Brown shows how Henry of Ghent rejected Thomas's understanding of theology's relationship to all lower sciences. David M. Gallagher is assistant professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America.

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