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Episode 21 – Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Saint Thomas Aquinas

On this episode of the podcast, we learn about the Christian Aristotelian philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas. We begin by examining a song by The Postal Service which sets the stage for a discussion about how often humans mistake correlation with causation. Next, we learn about Aristotle’s conception of God as “The Unmoved Mover” and his thoughts on the nature of infinity. All of these ideas lead us to St. Thomas Aquinas’ quest to reconcile Aristotelianism and Christianity, which he approaches by arguing that the Christian belief that God created the universe and the Aristotelian belief that the universe has always existed are not mutually exclusive ideas. All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!

Philosophize This! What is the final cause of a human being? Answer below in the comments.

See the full transcript of this episode here.

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