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Based on the conviction that Thomism is as right now as it was in the 13th Century, the Thomist group is dedicated to discussion of the philosophy and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas and the practical application of Thomism and Thomist ideas to contemporary situations. For example, how can Thomism be applied to our personal life? How could government more effectively represent Thomas's philosophy? How could Thomism be applied to contemporary politics, economics and social action?

As well as the ideas of Saint Thomas himself we will also consider the perspectives of his modern followers, such as W. Norris Clarke, Jacques Maritain, Bernard Lonergan, Karl Rahner, Etienne Gilson, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Mortimer J. Adler, Alasdair MacIntyre, Ralph McInerny, G.E.M. Anscombe and Peter Kreeft. Key Words: Neo-Thomism, Analytical Thomism, Transcendental Thomism.

"...the philosophy of St. Thomas stands founded on the universal common conviction that eggs are eggs. The Hegelian may say that an egg is really a hen, because it is a part of an endless process of Becoming; the Berkelian may hold that poached eggs only exist as a dream exists, since it is quite as easy to call the dream the cause of the eggs as the eggs the cause of the dream; the Pragmatist may believe that we get the best out of scrambled eggs by forgetting that they ever were eggs, and only remembering the scramble. But no pupil of St. Thomas needs to addle his brains in order adequately to addle his eggs; to put his head at any peculiar angle in looking at eggs, or squinting at eggs, or winking the other eye in order to see a new simplification of eggs. The Thomist stands in the broad daylight of the brotherhood of men, in their common consciousness that eggs are not hens or dreams or mere practical assumptions; but things attested by the Authority of the Senses, which is from God." (G. K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas).

Loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
roncriss 2006

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  • Aquinas, Thomas
  • Sep 5, 2006
  • English

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