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The metaphysical, epistemological, and theological background to Aquinas' theory of education in the De Magistro

Mooney, T. Brian and Nowacki, Mark (2014). The metaphysical, epistemological, and theological background to Aquinas' theory of education in the De Magistro. Pacifica (London, 1988): Australasian theological studies,27(3):315-338.

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Title The metaphysical, epistemological, and theological background to Aquinas' theory of education in the De Magistro
Author Mooney, T. Brian
Nowacki, Mark
Journal Name Pacifica (London, 1988): Australasian theological studies
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 27
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1030-570X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 315
End Page 338
Total Pages 24
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This article explores the relation between Aquinas’ metaphysical, epistemological and theological ideas and his theory of education as presented in the De Magistro and other writings. Aquinas’ theory of education is based on a theological metaphysics of human nature and an account of human rationality that is grounded in human nature. In the first section after the introduction we provide a synopsis of Aquinas’ metaphysical narrative, but in a contemporary key that draws upon the resources of Analytical Thomism. However, this theologically inspired metaphysics leads to a somewhat neglected epistemology that is crucial to his understanding of teaching and learning in the De Magistro – the notion of connatural knowledge that we explore in the second section. Our exposition of the Thomistic ontology of the human person together with the notion of connatural knowledge, provide the context for understanding the De Magistro in the third section.
Keywords connaturality
education
epistemology
substance-metaphysics
theology
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1030570X15573885   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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