Essays Tagged: "Thomas Aquinas"

The Problem with religion and morals. Speaks of St.Anselm, Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine

- -The Problem with Religion and MoralsThe likes of many philosophers including St. Anselm, Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine have written that organized religion is the only source of human be ... n killed in cold blood, even to this day, for the sake of religion than any other single reason.St. Thomas Aquinas preached in his compilation The Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas that 'whatever l ...

(3 pages) 205 2 4.5 Jan/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

Intelligo Ut Credam (I Know in Order to Believe) Speaks of the influence of Aristotle on Thomas Aquinas

The influence of Aristotle on Thomas Aquinas is evident from the fact that Thomas gave - had to give - knowledge gained by human r ... justification for reason alongside faith. But, as he shows in the introductions to his two Summas, 'Thomas felt compelled to prove the justification for faith alongside reason (rationem fidei).'1 This ... forced him to think through the relationship between faith and reason in a new, fundamental way.For Thomas, there was no question that philosophy exists in its own right alongside theology. Not by per ...

(3 pages) 72 0 3.0 Nov/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

An Interview with Bernard Lonergan What is "Critical Realism?" This essay delves into the theory of cognition posed by Lonergan, who was a Jesuit philosopher.

nquiry, and responsible judgment. Reality is that which is known by totality of correct judgment.b) Thomas Aquinas is a Realist philosopher. Can you name one way that you see Critical Realism related ... dgment. These three steps are analogous to the sense experience, abstraction, and judgment that St. Thomas describes in his process of cognition. In other words, Critical Realism and Thomistic Realism ...

(17 pages) 133 0 4.7 Feb/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Who is God and What can we know about God.

by Christians as a matter of faith. It is possible to prove any aspect about his existence through Thomas Aquinas. The Christian Trinity consists of the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit which is u ... nnot be fully understood or fully justified. But the existence of God can be logically proven using Thomas Aquinas' five ways in which a believer can figure out that there is a God. Firstly the univer ...

(5 pages) 129 0 3.6 Jun/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith > Christianity

Ethics According to Natural Law - Aquinas's and Augustine's Views.

res with the fetus's "quest" toward its divine destiny of completed potentiality as a human being. "Thomas Aquinas, On the Truth of the Catholic Faith, book II, ch. 89, reflected the influence of Aris ... not follow, is contrary to the good of man. And if this be done deliberately, it must be a sin." St Thomas Aquinas opposed abortion because he believed it was a form of contraception and a sin against ...

(5 pages) 137 0 4.3 Sep/2003

Subjects: Social Science Essays

'DISCUSS THE WAR ON IRAQ AT A BALANCED VIEW' - Could this essay possibly fit into a category like WAR AND ETHICS?

n Iraq at a balanced viewJust War TheoryAfter a few attempts of outlining the rules of a "Just War" Thomas Aquinas finally presented his version and it seemed the most acceptable.You have a just cause ... when he unnecessarily bombed innocent homes, only to find Saddam wasn't even there.The last rule of Thomas Aquinas's Just War Theory is "Last Resort". This is that war must be the last resort; all dip ...

(7 pages) 302 1 3.7 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

If I were called to fight a war tomorrow, I would... (Sikhism - Religion, war and ethics)

a British citizen. Initially, one of the widely appreciated versions of the Just War Theory is the Thomas Aquinas version. The five principles outlined by this great philosopher are as follows:&middo ...

(8 pages) 93 0 4.5 Feb/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues

God's Three Attributes and Morality in Aquinas and Divine Command Theory

hing else is good or evil. Many objections against this theory occurred over time, including one by Thomas Aquinas. Aquinas had an unusual position, since he opposed this theory while adhering to the ...

(7 pages) 74 0 4.3 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Weakest Argument of Thomas Aquinas' Five Ways for the Proof of God's Existence

Thomas Aquinas' weakest argument is, without a doubt, the argument from gradation. In Aquinas' fourt ... on to say that if anything is good, there must be something that is perfect, and with this in mind, Thomas Aquinas stated, "Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of t ... s, evil, and any other imperfection of creatures; Satan.Simply put, this is the weakest argument of Thomas Aquinas' Five Ways to prove the existence of God. It leaves to many openings for criticism and skepticism.

(2 pages) 61 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Personal Responsibility and the Brain

d, combined with rational judgment in reference to what the good truly consists". (Neuroscience and Thomas Aquinas) We are born to follow God's will. However, accidents, diseases, or inherent factors ...

(3 pages) 48 0 0.0 Jun/2005

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology

The cosmological argument for the existence of God.

d not design. This type of argument is an aposteriori argument because it is based upon experience. Thomas Aquinas puts the key ideas into 3 ways. First way is, motion/change. Nothing can move by itse ...

(6 pages) 117 0 4.0 Oct/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Scholasticism; What It Is and Who Started It.

n a few men in the past that have headed the idea of using scholasticism, including the Saint named Thomas Aquinas, who was an Italian Catholic, who was a philosopher and a theologian that used the sc ... philosophy. There was a revival in scholasticism in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The ideas of Thomas Aquinas were used again in this period. At this point scholasticism was not used as a form to ...

(9 pages) 69 0 5.0 May/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy


k at what euthanasia and assisted suicide are by definition and their similarities and differences. Thomas Aquinas once said, "Life is the gift of God and is thus only to be taken by God (####). Anoth ...

(4 pages) 20 0 0.0 Oct/2001

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues > Euthenasia

Faith and Reason

The relationship between faith and reason is thoroughly discussed in Thomas Aquinas's Summa Contra Gentiles. In his writings, Aquinas distinguishes his thoughts between ... God solely through reason. This can be demonstrated through his writings appropriately called 'St. Thomas Aquinas' Five Ways.' In these writings he provides five ways based solely on reason proving t ...

(6 pages) 32 0 0.0 Jan/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

change of attitude of chrisianity and islam toward

de became very similar to the attitude of Islam as described in the Qur?an. In 1273, the theologian Thomas Aquinas stated that, ?no man should sell a thing to another man for more than its worth.? Thi ...

(2 pages) 1342 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Religion & Faith


he priest. (pg. 559) This is an accurate representation of the attitudes of the fourteenth century. Thomas Aquinas, a writer of the fourteenth century, advanced the idea of women as being passive and ...

(3 pages) 12 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: History Term Papers > European History

Aquinas and Hobbes

In his writings on Early Christian Ethics, Thomas Aquinas proposed the existence of four distinct types of laws. These laws are eternal, natura ... the underlying features of Aquinas' writings. Question 4 In the Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes develops the concept that our desire for self-preservation is such a powerful force th ...

(4 pages) 17 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Fate in macbeth

ed. This view of fate is not as ambivalent as the other view, but is more a view along the lines of Thomas Aquinas or Kurt Vonnegut. According to Aquinas, time is something that you both exist in and ...

(4 pages) 858 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare > Macbeth

The first cause

would be beneficial to investigate the ideas of two of the leading philosophers in this area; Saint Thomas Aquinas and David Hume. While Aquinas attempts to prove the reality of a finite chain of caus ...

(4 pages) 34 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

        Thomas Aquinas lived from 1225 to 1274; this was a

Thomas Aquinas lived from 1225 to 1274; this was a critical time for Western Theology. This was a ti ... bey at Fossanova, which is less than fifteen miles away from Roccasecca, Aquinas's place of birth. Thomas Aquinas is perhaps the most recognized and respected theologian of all time. Aquinas supporte ... ulture with many advances and new conceptions regarding faith and existence. Works Cited: Aquinas, Thomas. "The Summa Theologies" (pages 1-85) Aquinas, Thomas. "Summa Contra Gentiles" ...

(5 pages) 1916 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy