Ratio superior, ratio inferior and the Augustinianism of thomas aquinas

Patricia Moya Cañas, Manfred Svensson

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This article discusses Aquinas' reception of the Augustinian distinction between ratio inferior and superior. Though not a central aspect of Aquinas' thought, it is a significant pointer to the presence of Augustinian patterns of thought in a non-theological part of his work. After a general survey of the presence of this distinction in the opera omnia of Aquinas, his use of this topic in some specific instances is discussed: the distinction between contemplative and active life, the division of human faculties, and the moral problem of peevish delight.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)777-798
Number of pages22
JournalAnuario de Estudios Medievales
Issue number2
StatePublished - 5 Dec 2013


  • Agustinianism
  • Aquinas
  • Augustine
  • Superior and inferior reason

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