Thomas Aquinas’s Works And Philosophies         As An Italian Philosopher And

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Thomas Aquinas's Works and Philosophies As an Italian philosopher and theologian, Thomas led the Church towards a new way of thinking. (MSN Learning and Research). From the beginning he rebelled against a life previously set by his family, and paved a road towards success for himself. Aquinas studied Aristotelian doctrine when he came into contact with the Dominican order, much to his mother and father's dismay (Bjorn's Guide to Philosophy). While he was in Naples he studied under the German Scholastic philosopher Albertus Magnus. Although he was called "Dumb Ox" because of his heavy-set frame, and slow way of working, he was looked to for inspiration as a controversy flared ...view middle of the document...

In creation of these answers, Aristotle was not Thomas's only influence. Like Aristotle, Aquinas believed that something could be learned from any author, so he also looked towards the beginners of Neo-Platonism, such as: Augustine Boethius, Psuedo- Dionysuis, and Proclus. Other ideas came from Islamic scholars; such as, Avveroes and Avvcenna. In addition to the Jewish thinkers: Maimonides, and Solomn ben Yehua ibn Gabril. His eclectic "hodgepodge" was later called Thomistic philosophy because it cannot be significantly characterized by anything shared with earlier writers and thinkers. Because of critics of the time, it is said that not a single work of Aquinas's reveals his entire philosophies (Bartleby).Although, he did create some of the greatest works of his time, including Five Ways of Proving the Existence of God. In this he included the following reasoning: Faith and reason discover truth.Reasoning lead to the mind of God.To reach the highest truths individuals need the aid of God through revelation.His efforts were to reconcile faith with intellect, creating an alternative for the division in the Roman Church. Any departure from Thomistic thinking was strongly discouraged in Catholic Schools because of the synthesis made were brought into line with the Bible and Roman- Catholic Doctrine. Although m...


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