Thomas Aquinas : God and Explanations
This path-breaking approach to Thomas Aquinas interprets the Five Ways in the context of his theory of science. Aquinas is the leading medieval philosopher and his work is of continuing contemporary relevance. Addressing all the critical themes of authority and reason, Christopher Martin examines the role of science and definitions in medieval thought, and how to deal with the big question: is there a God? Rigorous and challenging, Martin's clear exposition compares and contrasts Aquinas' arguments with those of other philosophers, Anselm, Descartes and Kant.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 164.3 x 240.8 x 25.1mm | 547.41g
- 01 Jan 1998
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Table of contents
The "summa theologiae" as a summary of a divine science; the nature of science in medieval thought; the role of questions in the articulation of science; the signification of a name; the notion of existence used in answering "an est?"; demonstrating the existence of a cause from its effect; the existence of God as a scientific question; "Does God exist? Apparently not"; the First Way; the Second Way; the Third Way; the Fourth Way; the Fifth Way.