Aristotle on Space and Time

Aristotle on Space and Time

Faculty: Fulvio Di Blasi, PhD Philosophy of Nature Course: Aristotle on Space and Time Space and time are fascinating and stimulating subjects that constitute a very good opportunity for understanding better both the problem of becoming and Aristotle’s account of “change.” They also provide an interesting arena for comparing the insights of classical philosophy with contemporary … Continue reading Aristotle on Space and Time

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Fulvio Di Blasi Slaves of Reason

Slaves of Reason?

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses the free will’s dependence upon the faculty of reason in “Slaves of Reason?” Thomas Aquinas explains that we have free will because our judgment of reason is never necessitated to just one course of action. Reason, by definition, compares and analyzes possibilities. Therefore, it is intrinsic to how reason knows its object that … Continue reading Slaves of Reason?

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The Walking Will Fulvio Di Blasi

The Walking Will

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “The Walking Will” Saint Thomas Aquinas says that the intellect is to reason as the will is to the free will, librum arbitrium. Just as reason is the faculty that allows the intellect to walk from known premises to a conclusion, so librum arbitrium is the faculty that allows the will … Continue reading The Walking Will

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Hadley P. Arkes

Interview with Hadley Arkes, Part II

TIC BOARD MEMBER CHRISTOPHER WOLFE INTERVIEWS HADLEY P. ARKES HADLEY P. ARKES IS EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF JURISPRUDENCE AND POLITICAL SCIENCE AT AMHERST COLLEGE AND AUTHOR OF “FIRST THINGS” AND “CONSTITUTIONAL ILLUSIONS AND ANCHORING TRUTHS” THIS IS THE SECOND PART OF A THREE-PART INTERVIEW. IN THE FIRST PART OF THE INTERVIEW, ARKES DISCUSSES THE BEGINNING OF HIS INTELLECTUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY, … Continue reading Interview with Hadley Arkes, Part II

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Summa Contra Gentiles Thomas Aquinas Book 1

Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1: God

By Saint Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas’ career was always guided by the confidence that Catholic Christianity can guide philosophical reasoning, allowing us to take the insights of the Ancient Greeks and the Arabs to new levels of rational discovery. The Summa Contra Gentiles is in many ways more detailed and rigorous than St. Thomas’ most famous work, the … Continue reading Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1: God

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Fulvio Di Blasi The Appetitive Power

The Appetitive Power

Moral Philosophy Course: Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Action Taught by Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi CLASS 4: The Appetitive Power   Fulvio Di Blasi explains the distinction between the sensitive and rational appetites of the human soul in the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Whereas the sensitive appetite is based on sentient knowledge and shared with the lower … Continue reading The Appetitive Power

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