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Title: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Inclinations: Metaphysical Background, Philosophical Anthropology, and Relation to Goods and Precepts
Authors: Matchulat, Justin
Keywords: Natural inclinationsAquinasMetaphysicsGoodPractical Cognition
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Justin Matchulat, "Thomas Aquinas on Natural Inclinations: Metaphysical Background, Philosophical Anthropology, and Relation to Goods and Precepts", in "Esercizi Filosofici" 16, 2021, pp. 111-137
Part of: Esercizi Filosofici 16, 2 (2021)
Abstract: 
How and why does a being’s nature relate to what is good for it? Thomas Aquinas provides an account such that a being’s nature endows it with powers and natural inclinations – tendencies, strivings, directednesses – for the very goods that constitute a flourishing life for beings of that nature. In this essay, I aim to present, elucidate, and motivate Aquinas’s rich and nuanced thought on natural inclinations and how it illuminates some of his key views in metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, and ethics. I first provide the background in Aquinas’s philosophical psychology and metaphysics, including his natural theology. Next, I take up the objection that evolutionary theory renders Aquinas’s thought on these matters obsolete. I then consider the natural inclinations of human beings, and specifically how these natural inclinations relate to practical cognition of basic goods and precepts.
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/33595
eISSN: 1970-0164
DOI: 10.13137/1970-0164/33595
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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