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Ramanuja Against Shankara’s Intellectualism

In his commentary on the┬áVedanta Sutras, Shankara (8th-9th c.) insists, “That the knowledge of Brahman refers to something which is not a thing to be done, and therefore is not concerned either with the pursuit or the avoidance of any … Continue reading

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Philosophy: Useless knowledge or key to virtue?

In the fifth Discourse of┬áThe Idea of a University, Newman identifies a tension basic to philosophy’s self-understanding since the beginning. On the one hand, he quotes Aristotle and Cicero to the effect that true knowledge is its own end, and … Continue reading

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Charity the Form of the Virtues

IIa IIae, 23, 8 is one of the most important arguments in all of Thomas’s moral theology: he has suggested earlier that the proper end of every human act is charity; he now suggests that the end re-structures the very … Continue reading

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“Unformed Faith” Not a Virtue

“Fides autem informis non est virtus, quia etsi habeat perfectionem debitam actus fidei informis ex parte intellectus, non tamen habet perfectionem debitam ex parte voluntatis.” — St. Thomas, ST IIa IIae, 3, 5 Faith that is unformed by charity is … Continue reading

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Thomas on Faith/Faithfulness

Part of the NPP debates concern the proper meaning of pistis in the pistis Christou construction: those who opt for the objective genitive reading tend to take the word in the sense of intellectual assent, while those who opt for … Continue reading

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Confession is the true form of faith

According to Thomas, confession is the external act that corresponds to the inner disposition of faith. “exterior enim locutio ordinatur ad significandum id quod in corde concipitur. Unde sicut conceptus interior eorum quae sunt fidei est proprie fidei actus, ita … Continue reading

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