Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview This enduringly profound treatise was first used by the students of Aristotle's famous Athenian school, the Lyceum; since then it has exercised a lasting effect on Western philosophy and continues to resonate for modern readers. Aristotle identifies the goal of life as happiness and discusses its attainment through the contemplation of philosophic truth.
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Thomas Aquinas Combined Reason and Faith
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Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good claims that contemporary theory and practice Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good claims that contemporary theory and practice have much to gain from engaging Aquinas's normative concept of the common good and his way of reconciling religion, philosophy, and politics. Examining the relationship Aristotle and the Arabic Tradition. This volume of essays by scholars in ancient Greek, medieval, and Arabic philosophy examines the This volume of essays by scholars in ancient Greek, medieval, and Arabic philosophy examines the full range of Aristotle's influence upon the Arabic tradition.
It explores central themes from Aristotle's corpus, including logic, rhetoric and poetics, physics and meteorology, psychology, Aristotle on Truth. But Jewish and Muslim scholars had preserved much of his writing. Along with these translations came extensive commentaries on Aristotle such as those by the Spanish Muslim scholar Averroes. At first, the Roman Catholic Church tried to ban his works. But some church scholars such as Albert the Great at the University of Paris thought it was possible to combine human reason and Christian faith.
Thomas Aquinas, an Italian Roman Catholic theologian religious scholar , devoted his life to this task. Aquinas was born in , the son of a noble family in the kingdom of Sicily, which included part of the mainland of Italy around Naples.
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His family sent him at age 5 to the Benedictine monastery of Monte Casino to train as a monk. Later, Aquinas attended the University of Naples where he first encountered the writings of Aristotle. Aquinas came to think that one should believe only what is self-evident e. Aquinas became a Dominican teacher of religion at the University of Paris and in Italy. He continued to study the works of Aristotle and the Muslim commentaries on them.
Aquinas wrote his own commentaries on Aristotle, which included reasoned propositions based on certainties revealed by God.
He also wrote summaries of Catholic doctrine that also attempted to combine reason and faith. Thomas Aquinas, much like Aristotle, wrote that nature is organized for good purposes.
Unlike Aristotle, however, Aquinas went on to say that God created nature and rules the world by "divine reason. Aquinas described four kinds of law. It determined the way things such as animals and planets behaved and how people should behave. Divine law , primarily from the Bible, guided individuals beyond the world to "eternal happiness" in what St. Augustine had called the "City of God. Aquinas wrote most extensively about natural law. He stated, "the light of reason is placed by nature [and thus by God] in every man to guide him in his acts.
This is natural law. The master principle of natural law, wrote Aquinas, was that "good is to be done and pursued and evil avoided. Reason, he taught, also enables humans to understand things that are evil such as adultery, suicide, and lying. While natural law applied to all humans and was unchanging, human law could vary with time, place, and circumstance.
Aquinas defined this last type of law as "an ordinance of reason for the common good" made and enforced by a ruler or government. He warned, however, that people were not bound to obey laws made by humans that conflicted with natural law.
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Aquinas asserted, "Yet it is natural for man, more than any other animal, to be a social and political animal, to live in a group. Aquinas further observed that people tend to look only after their own self-interest. Thus, Aquinas did not agree with St. Augustine that the main purpose of government was simply to keep the sinful in line. Aquinas saw government as also helping to work for the "common good" that benefits all. The common good included such things as protecting life, preserving the state, and promoting the peace. Aristotle would have called this "the good life.
Aquinas addressed the problem of unjust rulers who might be a king, the few rich, or the many poor.
Aquinas noted that when rulers make laws that violate natural law, they become "tyrants. What should the people do about a tyranny? Aquinas agreed with St. Augustine that the subjects of unjust rule are not obliged to obey the laws since they are not legitimate. But Aquinas went far beyond St.
Augustine and virtually all other medieval thinkers on this matter. Aquinas argued that the subjects of a tyranny, acting as a "public authority," might rebel and depose it. Aquinas cautioned that the people should not do this hastily, but only when the damage done by the tyranny exceeds what may occur in a rebellion. This was one of the first justifications for revolution in Western thought.
Aquinas further developed the meaning of "just war" that had been discussed by the Roman statesman Cicero and by St. For a war to be just, there must be these three conditions:.
A "just cause" for an attack on an enemy "because they deserve it on account of some fault" such as avenging wrongs they have committed. A "rightful intention" to advance good or avoid evil such as punishing evil-doers and not simply grabbing land or goods. Aquinas wrote thoughtfully about the best form of government. He, like Aristotle, preferred a mixture of government forms. Aquinas recognized the value of a king, "a shepherd seeking the common good of the multitude.
The nobility, Aquinas argued, should advise the king and limit his power. These were radical ideas for a time when kings claimed no one but God could hold them accountable. Aquinas spent his last years teaching and writing in Italy. He died in at age 49 from an illness he developed while walking to France to attend a church conference.
About 50 years after his death, however, the church revived his works and made him a saint. The writings of St. Thomas Aquinas combining reason and faith became the basis for official Roman Catholic doctrine known as "Thomism". In addition, his forward-looking political ideas regarding natural law, unjust rulers, and rebellion influenced European Enlightenment philosophers such as John Locke and even Americans such as Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King.
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