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By Stephen Wang

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

This vital research will curiosity Aquinas and Sartre students, in addition to common readers looking an advent to their proposal. it's going to even be precious for philosophers looking clean views on questions of freedom, happiness, own identification, act concept, meta-ethics, and theories of the self.

ABOUT the writer:

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

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"This provocative publication juxtaposes philosophers often linked to substantially diverse views. . . . The book's energy lies in its transparent and nuanced clarification of hugely complicated rules, demonstrating much more care through supplying unique language citations for keywords. . . . total, this truly written research deals vital insights into political anthropology, motion thought, existentialism, and Thomistic studies." ― A. W. Klink, Choice

"Wang articulates with unbelievable readability, precision, and subtlety the typical positive factors of Aquinas' and Sartre's bills of the which means of human lifestyles, the method of human figuring out, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness." ― Severin Kitanov, Religious reports Review


"This provocative ebook juxtaposes philosophers regularly linked to significantly varied views. Wang reveals parts of similarity and convergence among Aquinas and Sartre of their specialize in id and motion conception. The book's energy lies in its transparent and nuanced explication of hugely advanced principles, demonstrating much more care via delivering unique language citations for key phrases. . . . total, this in actual fact written research bargains vital insights into philosophical anthropology, motion idea, existentialism, and Thomistic reviews. . . . Recommended." ― A. W. Klink, Duke University

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

"A tremendous and unique piece of labor. below Wang's probing exam Aquinas and Sartre grow to be excellent commentators on every one other's paintings. hardly ever have I obvious this type of mix of real scholarship and interpretative aptitude, in any such readable prose."―Timothy McDermott, editor of Thomas Aquinas: chosen Philosophical Writings

"Stephen Wang is outstandingly well-placed to debate the exciting and unforeseen dating 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 booklet is stimulating, essentially written, and hugely original."―Christina Howells, collage of Oxford, editor of The Cambridge better half to Sartre

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

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Doubt, as he wrote in his essay on Cartesian freedom, is what brings about the power of escaping, disengaging oneself, and withdrawing; it is the basis of humanism. 49 Sartre certainly seized upon Heidegger for some of his insights, and in the heyday of postwar existentialism their names were often linked. But by the time of writing Being and Nothingness the differences between the two had become more apparent. Heidegger becomes a kind of foil for Sartre, who criticizes his focus on Dasein and his lack of attention to the constructive role of consciousness and subjectivity.

It’s important to note that the text was completed in a period when Allied victory in the war was far from assured. In other words, the social and political context was one of defeat and not of impending triumph. This monumental defense of freedom was written in a time when freedom seemed to be an impossible dream. 41 Bergson’s idea that human beings can only be understood as a flight into the future prepared him for the German phenomenology he would later encounter. 43 He had some acquaintance with the work of Kierkegaard,44 and 40.

11. See Tugwell, “Thomas Aquinas: Introduction,” 248–55; Leonard E. Boyle, “The Setting of the Summa Theologiae of St. Thomas—Revisited,” in The Ethics of Aquinas, ed. Stephen J. : Georgetown University Press, 2002), 2–9; and Torrell, Saint Thomas Aquinas, 60–65, 145–55, and 202–4. I often suggest in this book that Aquinas “writes” something or other, but in fact works such as the Summa was spoken in dictation to one of Aquinas’s secretaries. 12. See Torrell, St Thomas Aquinas, 336; and Kevin L.

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