Metaphysics after Aquinas

Por • 28 jul, 2015 • Sección: Educacion

Moses Aaron T. Angeles

It is interesting to note that after the death of St. Thomas his mentor, St. Albert the Great, remarked that his student put up an end to everybody’s labor, not only in their own time, but even right up to the end of time. This was reported to us by a certain Bartholomew of Capua, protonotary from the Kingdom of Sicily, who was a witness of St. Thomas’ canonization process. After the sudden demise of Thomas, Albert, already advanced in age, has assumed the task of defending the integrity of his student as a theologian and philosopher. On his return to Cologne, he wanted that all the works of Thomas read to him in set order, and he concluded his encomia saying that «Brother Thomas had in his writings put an end to everybody’s labors right up to the end of the world, and that from now on all further work would be without purpose.» Certainly modern readers would question such an assertion. Now that every ideology and systems of thought are under the suspicious eyes of postmodern thinkers, care must be exercised in proclaiming something as final and definite. No wonder such a statement was rarely uttered even within the ranks of the Dominican Friars.

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Kritike : an Online Journal of Philosophy. 2007;1(2):113-121

 

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