St. Thomas, Metaphysics, and Human Dignity

Lawrence Dewan

in Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227969
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237210 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

St. Thomas, Metaphysics, and               Human Dignity

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This chapter suggests something of the importance of metaphysics as a mode of knowledge that provides a basis for judgment concerning fundamental human dignity. It argues that there is no substitute for the ontological analysis of generable and corruptible substance if one is to present, in fullest visibility for the human mind, the dignity of the human being. That analysis must include appreciation of the doctrine of being as divided by act and potency if we are to attend to causal hierarchy in nature.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; metaphysics; human dignity; nature

Chapter.  3842 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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