Project #84972 - PHIOSOPHY

 

 

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Instructions: Typed responses—written in multi-paragraph form—to the following questions should be submitted via email to Prof. Grodecki (cgrodeck@sju.edu) by no later than 5:00pm on Friday, October 9, 2015. It is expected that each student will complete the exam individually and without reliance upon secondary sources (whether in print, or from the internet, etc.). You ought to rely MOST upon the texts read for class, and to a lesser extent, on class notes. To that end, please use brief quotations when necessary, and always provide an in-text citation when using a quote (either the page #, when citing a text, or a date, when citing notes).

I. Augustine’s On Free Choice of the Will

In explaining why God should not be blamed for creating humans with the capacity to be corrupted, Augustine remarks, “Only a madman could doubt that human nature, even when it has become flawed, is more excellent and more powerful than any fruit, flawed or not” (98). And later he will say, “[I]n rational creatures, whether they sin or not, the beauty of the universe reaches its most suitable limit” (101).

In at least 500 words, explain how it is, given Augustine’s image of human nature, that he can claim that human nature—superior but flawed—is better than the nature of other created things, “flawed or not.”

In your response, please do not re-quote the citations above, but use them as a springboard upon which to base your thinking and your answer.

II. Thomas Aquinas’s On Human Nature

1. Using the knowledge that you have gained from your study of Thomas Aquinas, explain in a paraphrase (using your own words) ONE (1!) of the following articles about the nature of the human intellect (you need not address every point but should hone your focus on what is important):

  1. a)  Part One, Question 84, Article 1 (pp. 134-137)

  2. b)  Part One, Question 84, Article 6 (pp. 148-151)

    OR

  3. c)  Part One, Question 85, Article 2 (pp.159-162)

DO NOT paraphrase in the same format as Thomas. Your paraphrase should synthesize: 1) Thomas’s thinking in contrast to the other philosophical views that he cites and 2) the reasons Thomas gives for ultimately rejecting those views in support of his own. ***Because it is YOUR paraphrase, if you find it necessary to use a quoted phrase or sentence of Thomas’s, it should be explained fully in your own words.***

2. In at least 500 words, explain how Thomas’s hylomorphic view of human nature leads him to the conclusion that “[t]he will is a rational appetite” (209) even though it can be moved by the sensitive appetite (see pp. 216-217; 227-229; 242-246). What does he think the relationship is between the intellect, the passions, and the will? 

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