Preparation for the 1st October 2019 Session

Reading: Josef Pieper, Guide to Thomas Aquinas, chapters XI and XII.


Resultado de imagen para Tomás de AquinoWith these last two chapters we conclude Pieper's book. In a way they are the most important ones because they bring us the best of the author's reflection on the essence of St Thomas's contribution as Doctor communis. 

If it helps your preparation here are two challenges:

(1) Summarise in one paragraph what was, in Pieper's view, St Thomas's "revolutionary" contribution to philosophy, his most significant finding. Is it a philosophical or a theological finding?

(2) Explain in one paragraph the relation between philosophy and theology, including both what they have in common and what distinguishes them from each other. Are they intrinsically compatible or incompatible?

Even if you didn't read other chapters of the book, reading these two will leave you with a gist of its content.



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