PY 151 The Philosophy of Aquinas

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In this module we will be considering some of the central themes of Aquinas's philosophical thought. We will begin with his metaphysics, and from there we will consider his thought on: the existence of God, the nature of creation, the constitution of the human person, knowledge, the good life, the role of philosophy in the life of faith.

Learning Outcomes

  • To be aware of some central themes in the thought of Aquinas
  • To be able to read and interconnect various texts from the writings of Aquinas
  • To attain a familiarity with Aquinas's particular contributions to philosophy
  • To become familiar with Aquinas's philosophical vocabulary
  • To see how a systematic philosophy can play a role in the life of a saint