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Analytical Thomism

Analytical Thomism
Issue of the Monist, 80 (4) October 1997.

Thomism has always had the potential to exchange methods and ideas with other philosophical traditions. In this century versions of transcendental and phenomenological Thomism have developed out of encounters with Kantian and Husserlian thought. In English-language philosophy, however, the main tradition has been analytical. The question, therefore, arises: what forms of synthesis might result from interaction between analytic philosophy and the thought of Aquinas and other scholastics? The best analytical work has been in the areas of metaphysics; the philosophies of language, logic, mind and action; and moral and political philosophy. These are also central concerns of Thomism.

These new essays comjoin analytical and Thomist philosophical traditions.

Table of Contents:

John Haldane, Analytical Thomism: A Brief Introduction
Hilary Putnam, Thoughts Addressed to an Analytical Thomist
Brian Davies, Aquinas, God and Being
John Lamont, Aquinas on Divine Simplicity
Jonathan Jacobs and John Zeis, Form and Cognition
Robert Pasnau, Aquinas on Thought’s Linguistic Nature
Eleonore Stump, Aquinas’s Account of Freedom
Sandra Mensen and Thomas Sullivan, Does God Will Evil?
Stephen Theron, The Resistance of Thomism to Analytical and Other Patronage

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