PHIL 14
Thomas Aquinas and the Summa Theologiae Winter 2024

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Would you ever study the thought of somebody who was nicknamed the “Dumb Ox”? And what if this same Dumb Ox, getting close to the end of his life, had confessed to one of his closest friends, “everything I have written seems to me like straw”? Despite what these anecdotes may seem to suggest, the thinker in question is the towering philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), arguably one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of the West. The aim of the class is to introduce students to the main aspects of his philosophical thought, with particular reference to metaphysical and anthropological themes. The course also introduces students to the Medieval method of the “quaestio” as it is practiced by Friar Thomas.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: NA
Class#: 1352
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Creative project(s); Other: The student will be evaluated through an oral exam at the end of the course. The student will write a short Medieval "quaestio" and defend it during the oral exam. The oral exam will include additional questions on the class material related to the problems discussed in the "quaestio."
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first and second years
Unit Notes: Marco Stango is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. He is interested in classic metaphysics and the history of ideas.
Attributes: STUX Winter Study Student Exploration

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