Thomas Aquinas on “the fool’s” reasons


Luca Tuninetti


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 70, Issue 161, 2021, pages 59-85




In his interpretation of the first verse of Psalm 13 (14), Saint Thomas re- fers to Saint Anselm who had claimed that those who deny God’s existence are “fool” because they try to think what is unthinkable. In the light of Aristotle’s theory of science and considering how Anselm’s argument had been used by Saint Bonaventure, Saint Thomas asks whether God’s existence is immediately known. He argues that this is not the case: to know God, human beings have to search for the cause of things. However, those who are content with using things without even trying to inquire about their caus- es are “fool”

Key words:

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Anselm, Saint Bonaventure, existence of God.


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