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Wisdom, Law, and VirtueEssays in Thomistic Ethics$
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Lawrence Dewan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227969

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227969.001.0001

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Communion with the Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher

Communion with the Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher

(p.387) Chapter 25 Communion with the Tradition: For the Believer Who Is a Philosopher
Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Lawrence Dewan

Fordham University Press

This chapter encourages a so-called “fidelity” to ontology, or to metaphysics as a doctrine of being, in the continuing effort to approach the Catholic faith through understanding. First, it recalls St. Thomas Aquinas's doctrine concerning the nature of “the sacred teaching” (sacra doctrina). Second, it asks what is meant by the “philosophical sciences” that the sacred teaching may put to use. Third it recalls a teaching of Plato concerning the human mind and its knowledge of being. Finally, it lays emphasis on a neglected doctrine of St. Thomas, namely, the differences of personal aptitude and personal historical destiny, as that doctrine applies to the history of Christian education.

Keywords:   metaphysics, being, Thomas Aquinas, sacred teaching, philosophical sciences, personal aptitude, personal historical destiny, Christian education

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