In this episode of the ‘Why Study’ series, Dr.Simon Oliver discusses why he devotes so much attention to the medieval Dominican theologian, Thomas Aquinas (1225-74); and argues that when someone today comes to grips with his thought, that learning experience trains one to think theologically.

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Thomas Aquinas OP (/əˈkwaɪnəs/; Italian: Tommaso d’Aquino, lit. ‘Thomas of Aquino’; 1225 – 7 March 1274), was an Italian[3][4] Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor […]

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A Student’s Prayer (by St. Thomas Aquinas) Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, […]

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In this session from my Spring 2013 Introduction to Philosophy class at Marist College, we discuss Thomas Aquinas’ views on the will (voluntas) and on free-will (liberum arbitrium), found in his Summa Theologiae, Prima Pars, question 82 and 83. In particular, we address whether the will wills anything out of necessity, what goes on when […]

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By popular demand, an all new three-minute philosophy lesson! This time we rocket through the life work of theologian Thomas Aquinas. I know it goes for four minutes. Shut up. It has extra bits.

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Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Bishop Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org/

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David Hume is one of Scotland’s greatest philosophers (Adam Smith is another, about whom we also have a film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejJRhn53X2M). His claim to greatness lies in his appreciation of ordinary experience, his descriptions of consciousness and his humane, tolerant approach to religious disputes. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we […]

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Hume’s famous discussion of miracles is actually still used in the philosophy of religion today. Knowledge, Logic, and Religion Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvoAL-KSZ32fRrlUcuezyvR80Ec6qHUz_ The text is pretty easy for those who are interested: http://18th.eserver.org/hume-enquiry.html#10 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilosophyTube?ref=hl Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilosophyTube Email: ollysphilosophychannel@gmail.com Our comment music is ‘No!’ by Vim. Other Music: ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ – Handel ‘For Whom the Bell […]

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