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  Thomas Aquinas, Saint. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-07
Thomas came of the ruling family of Aquino, was educated as a child at Monte Cassino, and later studied at Naples.
In art St. Thomas is usually associated with a sacramental cup (representing his devotion to the sacrament) or a dove (representing the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) or depicted with a sun on his breast.
According to the position of Thomas, which is known as moderate realism, the form or the universal may be said to exist in three ways: in God, in things, and in the mind (see universals).
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  Thomas Aquinas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to his earliest biographers, the family even brought a prostitute to tempt him, but he drove her away (allegedly by reaching into the fire and chasing her out of the room with a firebrand, then slamming the door and using the firebrand to mark a cross on the door).
It is remarkable that Thomas' aesthetic theories, especially the concept of claritas deeply influenced the literary practice of modernist writer James Joyce, who used to extol Thomas as the greatest Western philosopher.
The influence of Thomas' aesthetics can be also found in the works of the Italian semiotician Umberto Eco, who wrote an essay on aesthetic ideas in Thomas Aquinas (published in 1956 and republished in 1988 in a revised edition).
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 Thomas Aquinas [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The birth-year of Thomas Aquinas is commonly given as 1227, but he was probably born early in 1225 at his father's castle of Roccasecea (75 m.
The writings of Thomas may be classified as, (1) exegetical, homiletical, and liturgical; (2) dogmatic, apologetic, and ethical; and (3) philosophical.
At the same time Thomas distinguished the gratia sacramentalis from the gratia virtutum et donorum, in that the former in general perfects the essence and the powers of the soul, and the latter in particular brings to pass necessary spiritual effects for the Christian life.
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 Biography of Thomas Aquinas
The birth-year of Thomas Aquinas is commonly given as 1227, but he was probably born early in 1225 at his father's castle of Roceasecca (75 m.
Thomas is described as of large stature, corpulent:, and dark-complexioned; he had a large head and was somewhat bald in front.
At the same time Thomas distinguished the gratis sacramentalis from the gratia virtutum el donorum, in that the former in general perfects the essence and the powers of the soul, and the latter in particular brings to pass necessary spiritual effects for the Christian life.
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Thomas was a huge heavy bull of a man, fat and slow and quiet; very mild and magnanimous but not very sociable; shy, even apart from the humility of holiness; and abstracted, even apart from his occasional and carefully concealed experiences of trance or ecstasy.
Thomas Aquinas had the good fortune to gather under the shadow of the one great outstanding Friar, whose respectability it was difficult to dispute, the learned and orthodox Albertus; but even he and his were soon troubled by the growing storm that threatened the new popular movements in the Church.
Thomas Aquinas defended the great vow of his youth, for freedom and for the poor; and it was probably the topmost moment of his generally triumphant career; for he turned back the whole backward movement of his time.
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 Thomas Aquinas [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The birth-year of Thomas Aquinas is commonly given as 1227, but he was probably born early in 1225 at his father's castle of Roccasecea (75 m.
This long association of Thomas with the great polyhistor was the most important influence in his development; it made him a comprehensive scholar and won him permanently for the Aristotelian method.
At the same time Thomas distinguished the gratia sacramentalis from the gratia virtutum et donorum, in that the former in general perfects the essence and the powers of the soul, and the latter in particular brings to pass necessary spiritual effects for the Christian life.
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 Thomas Aquinas - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
Thomas Aquinas was born in, out, or around 1225 AD at 6:14 AM on a Sunday in the maternity ward next the library in the castle atop a hill overlooking Roccasecca in the Kingdom of Niples.
In 1256, Aquinas, along with his friend and savior to abused and endangered animals Ace "Bona" Ventura, was named doctor of theology and head researcher in proving the existence of God, and began to lecture on theology to rich inner-city students in Paris and Rome.
Aquinas continually served in his order with no paid overtime, frequently made long and tedious journeys with no restroom breaks, and constantly advised the reigning pontiff on what hat he should wear before going a night on the town.
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 Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas’ rather brief life (1225 to 1274) began at a hilltop castle known as Roccasecca, located between Rome and Naples.
Aquinas was given the name, “the angelic teacher” due to his defense of theology and was considered a professional theologian.
Aquinas went on to explain that theological arguments or discourse were dependent upon starting points or principles that are held true on the basis of faith.
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 St. Thomas Aquinas' Five Ways   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274) was a Dominican priest, theologian, and philosopher.
Thomas Aquinas, studying the works of the Greek philsopher Aristotle, concluded from common observation that an object that is in motion (e.g.
Aquinas believed that the existence of contingent beings would ultimately neccesitate a being which must exist for all of the contingent beings to exist.
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 Saint Thomas Aquinas (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between faith and reason, calling into question the modus vivendi that had obtained for centuries.
Thomas was born in 1225 at Roccasecca, a hilltop castle from which the great Benedictine abbey of Montecassino is not quite visible, midway between Rome and Naples.
Thomas emphasizes those passages in the Aristotelian natural writings which speak of the order of determination, that is, of what considerations come first and are presupposed to those that come later.
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 Biography of St. Thomas Aquinas | Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Thomas Aquinas was born in Aquino, a town in southern Italy from which he takes his surname.
The family of Thomas Aquinas was a noble one, his parents, the Count of Aquino and Countess of Teano, were related to Emperors Henry VI and Frederick II, as well as to the Kings of Aragon, Castile, and France.
Although Thomas is sometimes perceived simply as an analytical and methodical writer, he was, especially in his later years, given to periods of mystical ecstasy.
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Aquinas indicated, implicitly, that politics, the highest of the natural practical sciences, is not the purpose of revelation.
Aquinas appeals here both to experience and to evidence, but again he is in part establishing a happiness to which any political happiness, which he will treat shortly, is related, if indirectly.
The natural law of St. Thomas was ontological, that is, standing outside of either the human mind or the human power to make, both of which were ordered to this same world as the cause or arena of their activities.
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 Island of Freedom - St. Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas, sometimes called the Angelic Doctor and the Prince of Scholastics, was born at Roccasecca in the ancient Kingdom of Sicily.
Aquinas was influenced by the writings of Aristotle, the Muslim Aristotelians Averro√ęs and Avicenna, and the Jewish philosopher Maimonides.
Aquinas insisted that the truths of faith and those of sense experience, as presented by Aristotle, are fully compatible and complementary.
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 Thomas Aquinas - OrthodoxWiki
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was an Italian Roman Catholic philosopher and theologian in the scholastic tradition.
Landulf's brother, Sinibald, was abbot of the original Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino, and the family intended Thomas to follow his uncle into that position; this would have been a normal career-path for a younger son of the nobility.
Aquinas may be seen as the culmination of patristic tradition, rather than as the initiator of a tradition discontinuous with what came before.
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 Thomas Aquinas
Thomas held that the relation of dependence of objects on something which transcends them is disclosed to the observer through the contemplation of material things.
Aquinas thought the proposition 'everything which begins to exist through the agency of an already existent, extrinsic thing' to be a fact beyond doubt.
Aquinas' theory of ethics, his writings on God and other metaphysical issues provide a unique contribution to philosophical thought and led Anthony Kenny to call him 'one of the dozen greatest philosophers of the western world'.
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 Jacques Maritain Center: CE - Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas, Saint, philosopher, theologian, doctor of the Church (Angelicus Doctor), patron of Catholic universities, colleges, and schools, b.
Thomas resolved to take what was true from the "unjust possessors", in order to press it into the service of revealed religion.
Thomas was opposed to all that was superfluous and confusing in Scholastic studies.
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 The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas - Page 1
Thomas Aquinas (picture), born of a noble family in Rocca Secca, near Aquino in 1225, was to complete the magnificent synthesis of Scholasticism.
In 1252, Thomas Aquinas was sent to Paris to further his studies and then to teach, which he continued to do until 1260.
Thomas Aquinas was the first to recognize the fact that Aristotelian intellectualism would be of great help for the study of philosophy as well as theology.
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 Thomas Aquinas - Crystalinks
Saint Thomas Aquinas [Thomas of Aquin, or Aquino] was an Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian in the scholastic tradition, known as Doctor Angelicus, Doctor Universalis.
The powers of generation are, therefore, designated especially as "infected." The thought is involved here by the fact that Thomas, like the other to the whole, he is just: in so far as he thereby does away with misery, he is merciful.
The difficulty of a sensuous thing producing a creative effect, Thomas attempts to remove by a distinction between the causa principalis et instrumentalism God as the principal cause works through the sensuous thing as the means ordained by him for his end.
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 Thomistic Philosophy - the philosophy Thomas Aquinas
is inspired by the philosophical methods and principles used by Thomas Aquinas (1224/5-1274), a Dominican Friar and Theologian, in his explanation of the Catholic faith.
Aquinas, who is most renowned for his Five Ways of Proving the Existence of God, believed that both faith and reason discover truth, a conflict between them being impossible since they both originate in God.
Of special interest to students of Thomas Aquinas is the author's explication of Thomas' teaching on the "spiritual" nature of sensation within the context of Aristotle's philosophy.
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 Thomas Aquinas
Thomas maintained that some truths are accessible to unaided reason and that other truths are known only through revelation.
In the period after his death the theology of Thomas Aquinas inspired both intense admiration and controversy, and Thomist theologians in every subsequent century have expounded themes from his work.
In the nineteenth century, Pope Leo XIII enjoined the study of Thomas Aquinas on all Roman Catholic theological students.
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 Saint Thomas Aquinas (1224/5-1274)
Saint Thomas Aquinas was a 13th century Dominican Friar, philosopher and theologian.
Saint Thomas was born in 1224 or 1225 to noble parents, being the youngest son of Landulf (descendent of the counts of Aquino) and Theodora, a noble woman of Naples.
In Cologne, probably at the age of twenty-five, Thomas was ordained to the priesthood.
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 Stephen Loughlin's Home Page - St. Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican theologian, was born Thomas d'Aquino, the son of a baron, in his family's castle at Roccasecca, central Italy, in 1224 or 1225.
The Aquinas Translation Project is a web-based project which seeks to provide the scholarly and religious communities with translations of St. Thomas Aquinas's works not readily available in English.
In their own words: "The Thomas Instituut te Utrecht is a co-operative group of theologians, philosophers and historians from several universities and institutes in the Netherlands, specialised in the study of the work of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274).
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 St. Thomas Aquinas
While Thomas was still a child, his little sister, who slept in the same room with him and their nurse, was instantly killed one night by a bolt of lightning.
Thomas himself did not reveal this vision, until, on his deathbed, he described it to his old friend and confessor, Brother Reginald, adding that from this time on he was never again troubled by temptations of the flesh.
Thomas was lame and although he was aware that the brother was making a mistake, he followed him at once, and took several scoldings for walking so slowly.
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 Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Thomas Aquinas displayed remarkable acumen in his early education and, to the dismay of his parents, resolved to embrace the religious life.
Aquinas spent his life teaching, traveling, preaching, and writing, until a powerful religious experience at Naples in 1273 caused him to put down his pen forever.
Further, Aquinas believed that private ownership of property is the best guarantee of a peaceful and orderly society, for it provides maximum incentive for the responsible stewardship of property.
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