244. Everybody Needs Some Body: Aquinas on Soul and Knowledge

Posted on 3 January 2016

Thomas Aquinas makes controversial claims concerning the unity of the soul and the empirical basis of human knowledge.

Further Reading

• B. Bazán, “The Human Soul: Form and Substance? Thomas Aquinas’s Critique of Eclectic Aristotelianism,” Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge 64 (1997), 95-126.

• J. Brower, Aquinas's Ontology of the Material World (Oxford: 2014).

• J. Haldane, “Aquinas and the Active Intellect,” Philosophy 67 (1992), 199–210.

• A. Kenny, Aquinas on Mind (New York: 1993).

• R. Pasnau, Theories of Cognition in the Later Middle Ages (Cambridge: 1997).

• R. Pasnau, Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature: a Philosophical Study of Summa Theologiae 1a 75-89 (Cambridge: 2002).

• A. Pegis, St. Thomas and the Problem of the Soul in the Thirteenth Century (Toronto: 1934).

• L. Schumacher, Divine Illumination: The History and Future of Augustine’s Theory of Knowledge (Oxford: 2011).


Xaratustrah 23 October 2018

Hi Peter,

I am re-listening to all Aquinas episodes, I am specially interested in him drawing on Avicenna and (disagreeing with) Averoes as you mentioned once in the episode. Can you recommend a source with more details on Aquinas' usage of Avicenna/Averoes ideas?



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