Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas


Critics have for a long time argued that there is no way that philosophy and religion can come together. In their argument, they find many a religious group conflicting with the sound doctrine purported by the philosophy arena. For those who have tried to harmonize the two disciplines, they have been met with complex questions on the authenticity and their grounds of arguments. However, the works of ancient (middle-age philosophers) and religious thinkers and scholars has had challenges too but there are two outstanding works that have gained credit from most, if not all, of the scholars and modern philosophers. In this Essay, the researcher takes a keen look at the works of Aristotle and that of St. Thomas Aquinas.

To be able to tackle the essay well, it is important to ask at this stage, using Aristotle’s philosophy and Thomas Aquinas’s philosophical insights, is it possible to establish a connection between the warring sides of philosophy and religion? In this essay, the researcher will start by giving a perceived basic definition of magnanimous man, and then proceed on to the subject of power in relation to Aristotle’s Philosophy and Aquinas’s religious inclinations. This will then be followed by Pity and Mercy that will also be referred as the previous section too. Please follow through as the subject is dealt with in depth.

Before indulging into philosophical and religious inclinations, it is prudent to first give basic definition of man. According to Aristotle and Aquinas as quoted in Schall (1997), there is a common definition adopted that defines the terms magnanimous man as the great-souled man who walks with slow steps, has a deep voice which as per their gauge has level utterances. According to their argument, Aristotle and Aquinas find that the man who has the habit of taking very few things serious should not be driven in haste, which is similar to another man who is used to thinking most nothing of great importance should also be found to be less excited. In their argument, they say that a shrill voice as well as a rapid gait is some good characteristics of superb results articulated to excitement and hurry (Schall, 1997). In this argument, they find that what makes a magnanimous man is the very thing that inspires the same man to do whatever they chose to do. Some occurrences to human are as a result of personal choice or external forces that bring about action within.


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