Aquinas and the Ship of Theseus: Solving Puzzles about Material Objects

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A&C Black, May 30, 2005 - Philosophy - 194 pages
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Thomas Aquinas has always been viewed as a highly importantfigure in Western Civilization, and the chief philosopher of RomanCatholicism. In recent decades there has been a renewed interest inAquinas' thought as scholars have been exploring the relevance of histhought to contemporary philosophical problems.The book will be of interest not only to historians of medievalphilosophy, but to philosophers who work on problems associated withthe nature of material objects. Because human beings are typicallyunderstood to be a kind of material object, the book will also be ofinterest to philosophers working on topics in the philosophy of religion,philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of human nature. Although thework contains the kinds of details that are necessary for a work of historical scholarship, it is written in amanner that makes it approachable for undergraduate students in philosophy and so it would be awelcomed addition to any university library.
 

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Contents

2 Three Contemporary Approaches to Solving the PMC
16
3 Aquinas on Material Substances
48
4 Aquinas on the Composition of Material Objects
68
5 Aquinas on Identity Individuation and Material Composition
113
6 Aquinas and the Problem of Material Constitution
144
7 Answering Objections to the Thomistic Approach to the PMC
168
Select Bibliography
183
Index
189
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