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By Stephen Wang

ISBN-10: 0813215765

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Thomas Aquinas and Jean-Paul Sartre are typically pointed out with different philosophical traditions: intellectualism and voluntarism. during this unique learn, Stephen Wang exhibits, in its place, that there are a few profound similarities of their realizing of freedom and human id. Aquinas supplies way more scope than is mostly said to the open-endedness of cause in human deliberation, and argues that we will be able to rework ourselves in rather radical methods via our offerings. Sartre famously emphasizes the unconventional nature of selection, but additionally develops a refined account of rationality and of the genuine limits we stumble upon on the planet and in ourselves. And in either thinkers the center of human freedom lies in our skill to settle on the targets we're looking, as we look for an elusive fulfilment that lies past the confines of our temporal experience.

This very important research will curiosity Aquinas and Sartre students, in addition to basic readers looking an creation to their idea. it's going to even be useful for philosophers looking clean views on questions of freedom, happiness, own id, act thought, meta-ethics, and theories of the self.

ABOUT the writer:

Stephen Wang lectures in philosophy and systematic theology at Allen corridor, London, and is traveling lecturer in ethical philosophy at St Mary's collage university, Twickenham.

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"This provocative booklet juxtaposes philosophers usually linked to greatly assorted views. . . . The book's power lies in its transparent and nuanced clarification of hugely complicated rules, demonstrating much more care by means of offering unique language citations for keywords. . . . total, this sincerely written research bargains vital insights into political anthropology, motion thought, existentialism, and Thomistic studies." ― A. W. Klink, Choice

"Wang articulates with excellent readability, precision, and subtlety the typical beneficial properties of Aquinas' and Sartre's debts of the which means of human life, the method of human knowing, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness." ― Severin Kitanov, Religious stories Review


"This provocative ebook juxtaposes philosophers more often than not linked to significantly varied views. Wang unearths components of similarity and convergence among Aquinas and Sartre of their specialise in id and motion idea. The book's power lies in its transparent and nuanced explication of hugely complicated rules, demonstrating much more care through delivering unique language citations for key words. . . . total, this basically written research bargains very important insights into philosophical anthropology, motion idea, existentialism, and Thomistic experiences. . . . Recommended." ― A. W. Klink, Duke University

"[A] well-written volume." ―Eileen C. Sweeney, Journal of the historical past of Philosophy

"A amazing and unique piece of labor. lower than Wang's probing exam Aquinas and Sartre grow to be excellent commentators on every one other's paintings. hardly ever have I noticeable this type of mixture of actual scholarship and interpretative aptitude, in one of these readable prose."―Timothy McDermott, editor of Thomas Aquinas: chosen Philosophical Writings

"Stephen Wang is outstandingly well-placed to debate the interesting and unforeseen courting among Sartre's existentialism and Aquinas's obvious 'essentialism,' and to teach the typical floor they percentage over matters equivalent to accountability, freedom, or even happiness. This publication is stimulating, in actual fact written, and hugely original."―Christina Howells, collage of Oxford, editor of The Cambridge significant other to Sartre

"A significant contribution to the appreciation of either authors."―Thomas Flynn, Emory collage, writer of Sartre, Foucault, and historic Reason

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He considers himself to be a reformed gambler, and he relies on this identity to get him through the temptations that come his way. Yet now, as he nears the gaming table, his resolution melts away. What he apprehends then in anguish is precisely the total inefficacy of the past resolution. It is there, doubtless, but fixed, ineffectual, surpassed [dépassée] by the very fact that I am conscious of it. The resolution is still me to the extent that I realize constantly my identity with myself across the temporal flux, but it is no longer me—due to the fact that it has become an object for my consciousness.

See Denis J. M. : The Catholic University of America Press, 1997), esp. 379–400 and 27–68; John Bowlin, Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas’s Ethics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), esp. 140–42; Anthony J. Celano, “The Concept of Worldly Beatitude in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 25 (1987); and Anthony Kenny, “Aquinas on Aristotelian Happiness,” in Aquinas’s Moral Theory: Essays in Honour of Norman Kretzmann, ed. , and London: Cornell University Press, 1998).

Dreyfus and Piotr Hoffman, “Sartre’s Changed Conception of Consciousness: From Lucidity to Opacity,” in The Philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre, ed. Paul A. Schilpp (La Salle: Open Court, 1981). 56. Herbert Marcuse, “Existentialism: Remarks on Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘L’être et le néant,’ ” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 8 (1948): 322. See the section “The Persistence of Existential Freedom” in chapter 5 below. 57 These references just give a taste of some of the reactions roused by Sartre’s work.

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