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Title Thomas Aquinas and his legacy / edited by David M. Gallagher
Published Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, ©1994


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 230 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in philosophy and the history of philosophy ; v. 28
Studies in philosophy and the history of philosophy ; v. 28.
Contents The root and branch of St. Thomas's thought / Kenneth L. Schmitz -- Cutting the Gordian knot of ontology : Thomas's solution to the problem of universals / Jorge J.E. Gracia -- Aquinas on goodness and moral goodness / David M. Gallagher -- Aquinas on moral responsibility in the pursuit of knowledge / Gregory Martin Reichberg -- Aquinas's critique of Averroes' doctrine of the unity of the intellect / Edward P. Mahoney -- The logic of perfection in Aquinas / Oliva Blanchette -- Aquinas and the principle of plenitude / Alejandro Llano -- Jacques Maritain and Yves R. Simon's use of Thomas Aquinas in their defense of liberal democracy / John P. Hittinger -- Aquinas's legacy on individuation, cogitation, and hominization / William A. Wallace -- Henry of Ghent's "De reductione artium ad theologiam" / Stephen F. Brown
Summary 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, even as they are raised and debated in our own times. The first five articles are expositions of important philosophical themes as developed in Aquinas's own works. In the last five, the authors bring Aquinas's thought 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 shows the richness of this notion by chronicling 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 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' doctrine of the unity of the intellect in order to show the consistency of Aquinas's teaching throughout his career. Beginning 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 Jacques Maritain and Yves Simon's Thomistically inspired arguments for the desirability of modern liberal democracies, while questioning their consistency with Thomas's own political thought. Arguments that could have 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 F. Brown shows how Henry of Ghent rejected Thomas's understanding of theology's relationship to all lower sciences
Analysis Neo-Scholasticism
Philosophy, Modern
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint Influence
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-220) and index
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Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274.
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Influence
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Influence
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Philosophy, Modern.
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Medieval.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Philosophy, Modern
Form Electronic book
Author Gallagher, David M., 1956-
ISBN 9780813230610