Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

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People are starting to use the Socratic method whenever they ask themselves why they do the things they do, what makes them feel as they do, and why the world is the way it is. In the previous post, I examined Aquinas’ thesis of natural law. Although, there is also the question of whether the English word 'wisdom' is the best translation of the Greek word 'sophia'. Despite this, it is possible to discern common interests and intellectual positions between Western and Indian philosophy, such as positions concerning logic and epistemology (the study of knowledge).

Pages: 416

Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 5, 2002)

ISBN: 0195153014

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