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Saint Augustine’s Philosophy and Theology

Pure Philosophy

Saint Augustine (354-430), at most times, does not occupy himself with pure philosophy, but when he does he shows very great ability. He is the first of a long line whose purely speculative views are influenced by the necessity of agreeing with Scripture. 688 more words


Catholic Philosophy. The Religious Development of the Jews

Catholic Philosophy

Catholic Philosophy dominated European thought from Augustine to the Renaissance. There have been philosophers, before and after this period of ten centuries, who belonged to the same general school. 573 more words


Recovering the Soul

The idea of the soul is in dire need of a makeover, and with it, a new PR strategy. Connected I suspect with the extreme openness that ironically left us with but two mere alternatives, absolutism and relativism, is the similarly rigid, clear cut alternative between immortal soul in the image of God, in the Christian vein for instance, and an utterly soulless, identity-less nihilism. 4,242 more words


Spinoza (and perhaps Descartes) on Divine Immutability

Spinoza’s most explicit statements on divine immutability surface in his Principles of Cartesian Philosophy, a work on Descartes’ philosophy set in the geometrical method. Spinoza attached a long and detailed appendix to this known as the… 902 more words


Aquinas on Divine Immutability

In the Summa Theologiae Aquinas gives a demonstration of God’s immutability (that God is not in any way changeable), which he feels must be established before demonstrating that God is eternal. 1,110 more words


Aquinas and Scotus: "Do all men by nature desire to know?"

Following my previous post, which centered on Aristotle’s account of human nature’s relation to art, I will now take a closer look at Aristotle’s notable claim at the beginning of the… 2,346 more words