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The Metaphysics of Religious Art: Reflections on a Text of Saint Thomas

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229284.003.0012
The Metaphysics of Religious Art: Reflections on a Text of Saint Thomas

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This chapter examines the relation between religious art and metaphysics as studied by Saint Thomas. It aims to uncover the underlying metaphysical and epistemological structures supporting the ability of authentic religious art to provide symbolic expression to the transcendental and the relation of humans to it. The epistemological structure is based on Saint Thomas's distinctive theory of human understanding as a synthesis of sense and intellect.

Keywords: metaphysics; religious art; text; Saint Thomas; symbolic expression; human understanding; sense; intellect

Chapter.  8421 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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