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PHIL 2101: Introduction to Philosophy: Aquinas

OER for Prof. Dunn and Prof. Kang

About St. Thomas Aquinas

An altarpiece in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, by Carlo Crivelli (15th century)St. Thomas Aquinas, also called Aquinas, Italian San Tommaso d’Aquino, byname Doctor Angelicus (Latin: “Angelic Doctor”), (born 1224/25, Roccasecca, near Aquino, Terra di Lavoro, Kingdom of Sicily [Italy]—died March 7, 1274, Fossanova, near Terracina, Latium, Papal States; canonized July 18, 1323; feast day January 28, formerly March 7), Italian Dominican theologian, the foremost medieval Scholastic. He developed his own conclusions from Aristotelian premises, notably in the metaphysics of personality, creation, and Providence. As a theologian he was responsible in his two masterpieces, the Summa theologiae and the Summa contra gentiles, for the classical systematization of Latin theology; and as a poet he wrote some of the most gravely beautiful eucharistic hymns in the church’s liturgy. His doctrinal system and the explanations and developments made by his followers are known as Thomism. Although many modern Roman Catholic theologians do not find St. Thomas altogether congenial, he is nevertheless recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as its foremost Western philosopher and theologian.

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Image source: 

Carlo Crivelli. (2018). Saint Thomas Aquinas [Tempera on poplar]. 1024 x 1534 pixels. Retrieved from

Biography source:

St. Thomas Aquinas. (2018, August 23). Retrieved October 31, 2018, from

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