Philosophical Contributions Of Saint Thomas Aquinas

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There are many philosophical influences in religion as well as many religious influences in many types of philosophies. Many figures in history have shaped both of these fields and contributed to them in many ways including belief systems regarding the nature of the world, human existence, and ethics. Many religious figures focused more on religious endeavors more than philosophical ones. Jesus of Nazareth and Gautama Buddha are two examples of spiritual figures who have religious followings even until this day. It should be pointed out that many people view the Buddha's teachings as more of a philosophy instead of a religion. One figure who was influenced by religion and at the same time, contributed many theories and ideas towards the discipline of philosophy is Saint Thomas Aquinas. Saint Thomas Aquinas is an example of how a very religious figure/leader could reason philosophically, generate new ideas and concepts in philosophy, and influence a religion as whole in more ways than one. He showed that philosophy and religion can coexist to serve the same purpose, which is understanding ourselves and truth.

Thomas Aquinas was born around 1225 in Lombardy, Italy, to the Countess of Teano. When Aquinas was five years of age, he was sent to the monastery Montecassino to study with Benedictine monks. Aquinas spent his time there until he was thirteen years old. As a result of major political unrest, Montecassino turned into a battle site and he had no
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