Tag Archives: Will

Could the LORD have become angelic?

Thomas says no (ST III.4.1). Human nature alone was fit for assumption by the Son, because humanity alone had the two characteristics that make such assumption fitting: first, the dignity of rational personhood which affords every human creature a congruence … Continue reading

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Four-dimensionalism and Fatalism

Reading the chapter on “Fate” in Richard Taylor’s Metaphysics, I was suddenly struck by the fact that four-dimensionalism w/r/t time seems to entail fatalism w/r/t human action. Now, the next chapter in the book (“Time and Becoming”) makes clear that Taylor … Continue reading

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Behavioral Economics and Augustinian Anthropology

Behavioral economists, such as Dan Ariely here at Duke, are uncovering by inductive, double-blind experiments what inductive, deliberate reflection revealed to a host of classic thinkers, from Aristotle and Augustine all the way down to the twentieth century. At least, … 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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