Vol. 6 No. 1 (2004)

Why a philosopher can and should read St. Thomas Aquinas

John F. X. Knasas
University of St. Thomas, Center for Thomistic Studies, 3800 Montrose Blvd. 77006-Houston, Texas, USA

Published 01-04-2004

How to Cite

Knasas, J. F. X. (2004). Why a philosopher can and should read St. Thomas Aquinas. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 6(1), 25–37. https://doi.org/10.1556/verb.6.2004.1.2


I begin by explaining how Aquinas understands the task of the theologian so that theology necessarily includes much philosophy. I then present two philosophical theses from Aquinas and describe their relevance for contemporary discussion to the contrary: first, Aquinas' immediate and direct realism of sensation versus the priority of consciousness since the critical turn and, second, Aquinas' view of the thing's existence as a unique kind of act or attribute of the thing versus the contemporary fact-view of what is meant by the thing's existence.