Thomas Aquinas’ Theory of Knowledge through Connaturality in a Dispute on the Anthropological Principles of Liberalism by John Rawls

Author:

Tomasz Huzarek

Location:

Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Año 67, Nº. 156, 2018, págs. 403-417

Language:

English

Abstract:

The anthropological principles of liberalism presuppose that an individual has a possessive character. It means that a person possesses only specified characteristics and attributes which define them from the outside but do not constitute their nature. The essence of what a person is remains entirely independent from specific choices.
Thomas Aquinas distinguishes between rational knowledge and affective knowledge. Explaining the structure of judgment through connaturality Thomas shows the relation between constitutive nature and human characteristics. Connaturality is achieved gradually as a result of a repetition of simple acts. This means that a person’s choices constitute human nature to some extent.

Key words:

individual, person, feature, disposition, habit, connaturality, inclination

[yuzo_related]

Search

  • Issue/Year

  • Author

  • Language

  • Typology

Contact

Fundación Balmesiana
Duran i Bas 9. 08002 Barcelona
Tel.: 34 933026840
Fax: 34 93 3170498