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Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology$
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Gilles Emery, O.P. and Matthew Levering

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749639.001.0001

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Aristotelianism and Angelology According to Aquinas

Aristotelianism and Angelology According to Aquinas

(p.29) 2 Aristotelianism and Angelology According to Aquinas
Aristotle in Aquinas’s Theology

Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats Aristotle’s role in the angelology of Aquinas, both in his Summa theologiae and in other works. For Aquinas, our knowledge of angels comes largely from divine revelation. Even so, human reason can know something of “separate substances.” Philosophy is therefore shown to be a privileged interlocutor for Christian angelology. Examination of Aquinas’s reception of the teaching that Aristotle devotes explicitly to “separated substances” confirms this attitude, at the same time appreciative and critical. Aquinas has recourse to specifically Aristotelian themes in direct relation with the question of separated substances in order to deepen his teaching about angels. Through this concrete example of the interaction between theology and philosophy, it clearly appears that, for Aquinas, theology uses the multiple resources of philosophy without ever being subordinated to philosophy.

Keywords:   revelation, angelology, separate substances, immateriality, reason, heavenly bodies, angelic knowledge, angelic action

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