Natural appetite and the essential structure of mobile being


Antonio Prevosti Monclús


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 65, Issue 151 (January-June), 2016, pages 11-39




This paper discusses the doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas on the natural appetite attributed to all beings, including those lacking knowledge, in the framework of his finalist conception of nature. The purpose of the study is to clarify the epistemological status of Aquinas’ theses, and in particular, to what extent is the philosophical thesis of natural appetite based on data of experience, and in what sense is it a necessary truth, or is it based on Thomistic metaphysics of the good.

Key words:

Natural appetite, Thomas Aquinas, metaphysics of goodness, principle of finality.



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