Journal Article

Thomistic Metaphysics and Ethics in the Poetry and Prose of Thomas Traherne

Paul Cefalu

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 3, pages 248-269
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.3.248
Thomistic Metaphysics and Ethics in the Poetry and Prose of Thomas Traherne

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Literature
  • Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

While the seventeenth‐century English poet Thomas Traherne has often been described as a Neo‐Platonist or mystic, I argue that critics have overlooked the influence of Scholastic metaphysics on Traherne's poetry and prose. Traherne's debt to the Aristotelian–Thomistic tradition is evident not only in his preoccupation with scholastic theories of the relationship between potency and act, and essence and existence, but also in his interest in the scholastic theory of habitus. Traherne's neo‐scholasticism is complemented by his interest in late‐seventeenth century philosophical and ethical theories of associationism. Through an analysis of Traherne's views on habit and custom, I attempt to reconcile Traherne's neo‐scholasticism with his non‐teleological ethical doctrine.

Journal Article.  0 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.