What We Can Know, and How We Can Know It

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According to Thomas Aquinas, we can know things in three ways: Directly, as we know the things we see around us. Indirectly, by reasoning from the things we see around us. By revelation from God. The first category—the things we know by direct experience, as I know the keyboard on which I'm typing and the desk it sits on—would go without saying if it weren't for the persistent influence of Descartes' methodological doubt and the absurdities of those who followed after him. As … [Read more...]

The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas, by Josef Pieper

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In 1948, Josef Pieper published a selection of short texts from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, specifically, those texts he wanted to bring to the attention of his friends so that they could come to understand the character and thought of St. Thomas. The texts (often no more than a sentence) are arranged in a particular order by topic, so as to lead the reader through the philosophical thought of the saint. The book is entitled The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas. Beyond a short … [Read more...]


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