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Thomas Aquinas on Bodily Identity

Antonia Fitzpatrick


This is a study of the union of matter and the soul in human beings in the thought of the Dominican Thomas Aquinas. At first glance, this issue might appear arcane, but it was at the centre of Catholic polemic with heresy in the thirteenth century and of the development of medieval thought. The book argues that theological issues, especially the need for an identical body to be resurrected at the end of time, were vital to Aquinas’s account of how human beings are constituted. The book explores how theological questions shaped Aquinas’s thought on individuality and bodily identity over time, h ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, Aristotle, Averroes, resurrection, body, individuality, identity, heredity, matter

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790853.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antonia Fitzpatrick, author
Departmental Lecturer in Medieval History, St. John's College, University of Oxford

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