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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Moving things naturally continue moving. Strawdusty, ” He no longer exists, yet the stick moves. Whether one agrees or does not agree with Feser’s handling of the subject and the conclusions he draws, there is no denying that what’s valuable about this book is that it’s instructive in how to ask certain kinds of questions.

Taking Aquinas Seriously

And what would keep them in motion extra terrestrially. It is impossible to point to either a moment or an interval in which the bat is “cause” with respect to the ball, but the ball’s state is not exhibiting a difference from its pre-bat state. June 4, at 3: First, do you agree with Feser that everything, even non-biological processes have final causes?

If I may add one small point. Refresh and try again. I think it touches on many of the themes in Ozys OP.

I would argue that the information that a thing is purposeful gives a reasonable amount of predictive power: Any idea where I could get Christopher Martin’s book for pretty cheap? The notion of the necessity of a sustaining cause only makes sense on the idea that the natural state of matter is at rest, and thus the aquunas will grind to a halt on its own.

Taking Aquinas Seriously | Edward Feser | First Things

There is no tension; In fact they are a self-exciting circle. An army is huge — I am talking about the unit level. Beyond that cause and effect is “accidental”. June aqjinas, at All aquimas 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.


There is simply nothing about technological success that in any respect demonstrates the metaphysical validity of the denial of final causes and etc. If there is design, then logic demand a designer. The number of different sorts of molecules is enormous because there are so many possible arrangements of atoms in combination.

Having reduced the notion of simultaneity to the concept of an infinitesimal it is absurd to suppose an infinity of simultaneous events is somehow necessary absent a first mover. Or to aquinax an example often used to illustrate the Aristotelian conception of efficient causation we might think of a potter making a pot, where the potter’s positioning his hand in just such-and-such a way and the pot’s taking on such-and-such a shape are simultaneous, and, again, the same event described in two different ways.

As mentioned in the other reviews, this is one of the more accessible and clear introductions to Aquinas. If one assigns the title of “cause” to a baseball bat, and “effect” to the acceleration of the ball then there is the appearance of simultaneity of aquins and effect.

Chad, you make the common conflation of science and technology. Like Liked by 3 aquunas Reply. Even pre-Christian philosophers such as Plato and Aquias argued that considering pleasure to be the primary good is OK for beings of the cognitive capacity of mollusks and cows, but not for humans.

And additionally, that Thomism offers a much more sensible, holistic explanation for matter and spiritual being – especially when combined with St. For the Thomist, the real, the true, the good, and the beautiful are all really the same thing looked at from different points of view.

If you only want to consider a first mover in the present instant then each step in this causal series requires zero time, which is absurd.

On the other hand, if the claim is simply Aristotelian metaphysics holds back technological and scientific development, independently of its truth, then so what? RNA world is the reigning Reasonable Hypothesis about abiogenesis the origin of life. He was competitive, but he surely could follow orders, which is profoundly cooperative. That basic dichotomy is brought in more stark relief the less dire circumstance.


Which, I submit, is a very puzzling objection to hold, for a materialist. Our intellects and our capacity for moral action and aesthetic experience are thus all at wquinas end of the day directed toward one and the same reality.

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

As the Philosopher says in the beginning of the Metaphysics Bk. Now as artificial things are in comparison to human art, so are all natural things in comparison to the Divine art. For motion is nothing else than the reduction of something from potentiality to actuality.

I presume you cite this passage to try prove Aquinas had time for Paley’s reasoning in the Fifth Way. We are, in fact, social altruistic creatures fairly perpetually.

That is not an argument against a specific reasoning as much fesre an argument against man knowing anything at all – and therefore cancels itself. Now, I feseer understand that we have an oppositional tendency to dominate and kill strangers or even just rivals. Almost every time I have seen privilege ascribed to someone, it has been phrased as some kind of characteristic that inheres in the person as opposed to the conjunction of social norms that it obviously is, e.

Just a couple leads off the top of my head. Feser has already pointed out that, when stating that something is ‘possible not to be’, Aquinas does not mean ‘non-existence in some possible feaer or ‘the non-existence of which is logically possible’, yet this appears to be the exact sense of “possibility” that he’s using here, i.

Thomas in one year extravagant?