Monday, 23 May 2022

The Three Acts of the Mind

Lesson Sixteen in Introduction to Thomistic Philosophy, with Fr James Brent, OP, PhD, STL, Asst Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC.

“... Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells..." -As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Dragonflies Draw Flame, by Gerard Manley Hopkins One of the most important points in the philosophy of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas is that reality is made to be known and the human mind is made to know reality. Things are made to be known because they have forms or essences, and their forms or essences are what we know. The mind is capable of knowing them because we experience things for what they are.

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