Ratio superior, ratio inferior and the Augustinianism of thomas aquinas

Patricia Moya Cañas, C. Manfred Svensson

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Abstract

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.

Translated title of the contributionRatio superior, ratio inferior and the Augustinianism of thomas aquinas
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)777-798
Number of pages22
JournalAnuario de Estudios Medievales
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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