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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It is certain, and evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion. Particularly nice was his discussion of Being in Thomistic metaphysics – it’s not easy to introduce Kenny’s criticism of Aquinas’ distinction between essence and existence, providing the motivation behind Kenny’s objection by introducing the Fregean notion of existence which in turn required motivation and Feser’s defence of Aquinas, all in a matter of a few pages.
Material things can move either violently as when objects collide or naturally according to their form. C1, which is what he terms an example of the “quantifier shift fallacy” – namely, even if it is possible that everything is contingent and may go out of existence, it does not follow that they will all go out at the same time. Why must there be a “sustaining cause of the world here and now”?
June 10, at 9: I read this introductory volume on Thomistic philosophy per recommendation by my spiritual director after expressing an interest to better understand philosophy.
A Quite Long Review of Edward Feser’s Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide
This book is a fantastic exposition and introduction the the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. This is yet another fundamental fact that seems to not be understood by the Aristotelian.
Analytical Thomist writers often write very well—clearly, elegantly, and even wittily. The hand causes the bat to move the ball. I aquinss trained as an analytic philosopher, and was an atheist for many of my undergraduate years and all through graduate school.
This is true as far as it goes, but there is more to it than that.
Just aquinad couple leads off the top of my head. What’s bad is not the new method itself but rather the ideologizing of the new method — insisting that it is the only legitimate way of studying nature, that there is nothing to nature except what can be captured by the method, etc. A motion can be continuing over time” –Ok, so if an essential causal series can occur over time, and if we consider an infinity of such causal steps, then we are considering an infinity of time, in this case, an infinity of past time.
Say, universe X might lead to the salvation of ten billion souls but universe Y to the salvation of two billion souls. So the mathematical order in phenomena described by QM is certainly there.
We are, in fact, social altruistic creatures fairly aquinzs. While a particular mobile could have been in a particular motion for a very long time, that is a different question than what is now and has always been essential to the movement of that particular mobile.
All is accidental, your imagining that your “choosing” to hit the ball is just as much illusory as dreams, it doesn’t matter what you thought you thought, and even if you did think “hit the ball” it was just random firings of neurons that followed random prior motions of the eyes, etc. It’s a plus for me. The book is a tour de force.
I’d like to say something in regard to Tony’s comment at 3: Thomas and all thomists combined that he could even spot all the aquonas in it that the latter never did several times he listed all the flaws allegedly in the First Way and it would run at 7 or 8 gross fallacies, that is, all the fallacies he knows the name ofhe asks a question and all of a sudden he is “sincere in trying to understand”?
So what if the father died? Instead, it stands still quite a lot also and is even so tanked at that gaz station and built at that factory. First, physicists thought that matter was the fundamental building block of the universe, then energy. Almost every time I have seen privilege ascribed to someone, it has been phrased as some frser of characteristic that inheres in the person as opposed to the conjunction of social norms that it obviously is, e.
Any universe, being created, is limited in good, whereas God is not. He has some really good articles on cosmological arguments, and his newest book “Necessary Existence” co-authored with the legend from Feset is really good.
Chad Feser argues in another post that many physicists unwittingly rely on the transferability between truth and beauty when devising their theorieswhich is very Thomistic.
In the final chapter, we are reminded of how the transcendentals e. Motion is never lost, only transformed. I started to see that, when read against the broader Aristotelian metaphysical background in the context of which they were first developed, the arguments made perfect sense and were hard to dismiss.
If neither rat each other out cooperation they both get a short sentence. If Thomistic metaphysics are correct, how do Thomists explain the success of science after those metaphysics were abandoned? All this follows from the metaphysical theses on which the Fifth Way is based and the fifth way like all the ways is merely an intro paragraph intended for beginners, obviously not a place to explain the all the metaphysical theses, which he does in prior works and later sections of the summa.
How to overcome overly priced books: Thomas, I prefer Fr. Still excellent, and after all my Maritain reading, easier to understand. The chapter on the Five Ways is very helpful, with each way sub-headed, and Feser illustrates the way in which these arguments cannot be considered in isolation but must be read very much as corresponding with one another and setting out to prove different aspects of his metaphysical system as being tied fundamentally to God who is not only the first cause but the continued sustainer of the world as Pure Actuality, Necessary Being, etc.
Dec 09, Rob rated it liked it.
A must-read book for those who want to understand the basics Aquinas’ positions. But if you simply type “inertia” in the little search bar at the top left of the screen, you will find a cornucopia of posts on the topic. He had no concept of heat as wquinas energy, or the transfer of kinetic energy from an object on Earth to the kinetic energy of Earth, or of light as a aaquinas electromagnetic packet.
When you learn to analyze causal propagation carefully you will learn this simple fact. Additionally, he explains why it undergirds the seemingly unrelated topic of ethics, why it handily answers the mind-body problem so many contemporary philosophers fall into, etc.
Edward Feser: Aquinas on the human soul
If a body is at rest, even relative rest will doit doesn’t start to be IN motion with respect to a definite instant, instead it has a last moment of rest. In the fifth way, Aquinas argues from the reality of finality to the reality of a divine intellect, precisely because of the nature of finality, its real efficacy and its priority.
And now for the completely unrelated question of the day: June 10, at When the molecules of coffee have average kinetic energy x we say it is at temperature Tx, if average energy is y then we say the coffee is at Ty. But nothing can be reduced from potentiality to actuality, except by something in a state of actuality.
This is an amazing book. This process over time, however, is not a single causal event, rather, the integration of a process of sequential “accidental” causes and effects. Immersed in the context of the section, this passage seems to evidence a pathological reluctance to improve upon Aquinas at any point.