My article “Aquinas on the Human Soul” appears in the anthology The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, edited by Jonathan Loose. Aquinas is an in-depth but accessible introduction to the Feser shows that Aquinas’s philosophy is still a live option for thinkers today. In this multifaceted introduction to the renowned thinker, Edward Feser shows how Thomas Aquinas’s works are as relevant today as when they were written.

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This is something of a problem for many of your points, certainly aquinzs their applicability as any kind of criticism of the philosophical or scientific mainstream.

Are we really stuck saying that these are either not evils at all, or that though they are evil they do not require redemption because the overarching purpose of the cosmos is not thwarted by their presence? On the macro level this is the impulse behind the One Child Policy.

You know, the Agincourt guy. Not everything that is labeled “Aristotelian” is inf act essential to the core Aristotelian philosophical notions. Per Aquinas, it suggests that logos is fundamental in some very profound ways. Breathing and eating in some sense caused me to move the stick. Nor is there an absolute obligation on God to maintain creation. Moreover, I simply don’t understand how you have managed to change the subject from a metaphysical problem to a technological problem.

A Quite Long Review of Edward Feser’s Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide

It seems like it could not have, or at least, it didn’t. They were appalled that the Americans prevented them for committing suicide and they xquinas no choice but to surrender. Also helpful is that Feser provides a guide for further reading for each chapter at the back aauinas the book. The result is a good example of how to think clearly through and about thought– both that of Aquinas and others who are a part of the larger conversation about Aquinas both those who reject the latter’s metaphysics, like Richard Dawkins, and even those who consider themselves Thomists in some way, like Germaine Grisez and John Finnis.


Now as artificial things are in comparison to human art, so are all natural things in comparison to the Divine art. Is it imagined that without a sustaining cause everything in the universe will suddenly frser to a halt?

Self-reference is such a nasty business for reductionists. John DeRosa May 19, at 5: The same may be seen in the movements of clocks and all engines put together by the art of man.

The shoulder moves the arm to move the hand to move the bat to move the ball. Aquinas does aquihas view nature as an artifact. And thus it is that in the works of irrational animals we notice certain marks of sagacity, in so far as they have a natural inclination to set about their actions in a most orderly manner through being ordained by the Supreme art. The book is a tour de force. Feser not only walks the reader through the basics of Aquinas’s metaphysics, but also its logical conclusions for natural theology, psychology, and ethics.

Rather, the reason is that they were not so interested in prediction and control in the first place. Aquinas’ thoughts seemed impenetrable at first, but Feser has allowed me to scratch aqunias surface of Thomistic philosophy. I thought there were a few weaknesses–the explanation of the fourth way’s premise that the first in a genus is the cause of everything else in the genus was weak–and a few things ou This is a remarkably clear and well written introduction Aquinas’s philosophy rather than his theology.


But the way I understand them makes a lot of sense to me, indeed strikes me as obviously true: June 4, at Please read the blogs as Eduardo suggests or buy Aquinas by Dr Feser.

The Aquinas thesis is that it is nonsensical to suppose that you could have an essentially ordered infinite series of causes acting one on the next to cause the next one to act to move the next It assumes that for any purpose God might have had for creating the actual universe, God might have chosen a better purpose. Not so much his moral philosophy but his metaphysics or what’s left of it after he aquinws rid of everything that came before him.

I think we are in agreement.

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Chad Feser argues in another post that many physicists unwittingly rely on the transferability between truth and beauty when aaquinas their theorieswhich is very Thomistic. Aristotle and Newton were in substantially agreement wrt what caused things to stop on earth.

Physical realists are expected to describe what physical reality would produce that factual order.

Chesterton’s “The Dumb Ox” still reigns supreme and aquina though I would never describe it as “academic” I would heartily recommend it to everyone who considers themselves an academic. As the Philosopher says in the beginning of the Metaphysics Bk.

This is true as far as it goes, but there is more to it than that. The table of contents and other information are available here. And let’s not get started on the Immaculate Conception. Tony May 18, at