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Aquinas, Philosophy, and Theology

Brian Davies

in Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790890
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790890.003.0002
Aquinas, Philosophy, and Theology

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To understand Aquinas on God and evil, it helps to recognize at the outset that his treatment of the matter includes both strictly philosophical elements as well as purely theological ones. People have often asked whether Aquinas was a philosopher or a theologian. This chapter addresses this question to show how Aquinas is to be thought of as approaching the topic of God and evil—to place what he says in a genre, so to speak. Aquinas is not easy to place, which perhaps accounts for his having been characterized as a thinker in some very different ways.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; God; evil; good; thinker

Chapter.  3843 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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