Aquinas and the Ship of Theseus: solving puzzles about material objects

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Continuum, 2005 - Philosophy - 194 pages
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Thomas Aquinas is, undoubtedly, a key philosophical figure in Western civilization. His arguments for God's existence and his Treatise on Law are amongst the most frequently anthologized in the history of philosophy. Aquinas's contributions to other areas of human understanding remained widely unknown, however, outside of Roman Catholic institutions. Recently, though, there has been renewed general academic interest in Aquinas's thought, largely due to the efforts of Aquinas scholars, who have highlighted the relevance of his thought to matters of vital interest to contemporary philosophers. Brown's book on Aquinas and material objects will interest not only historians of medieval philosophy, but also philosophers working on problems associated with the nature of material objects, and for those specialising in philosophy of religion, of mind, and of human nature. Although Brown gives a level of detail necessary for a work of historical scholarship, his text remains approachable for undergraduates, and will be a welcome addition to any university library.

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Contents

Three Contemporary Approaches to Solving the PMC
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Aquinas on Material Substances
48
Aquinas on the Composition of Material Objects
68
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About the author (2005)

Dr. Christopher M. Brown teaches philosophy at the University of Tennessee.