By Gerard M. Verschuuren
We are living in a paradoxical time. technology permits us to grasp increasingly more, however it appears to be like approximately much less and not more: we achieve into outer area yet comprehend much less approximately our internal area; we create complex machineries to direct our lives yet can't regulate ourselves; we see extra timber yet not the wooded area. Is there a therapy for those dichotomies? definite, philosophy, that may deliver coherence the place fragmentation looms, commencing vistas no telescope or microscope can ever reach—and specifically the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, simply because for greater than seven centuries it's been a beacon of surety in instances of uncertainty, confusion, and tribulation.
Thomas’s 13th-century international was once in lots of methods as turbulent as ours, faced with an inflow of recent principles, rife with doubtful philosophies no longer so diverse from the skepticism, secularism, and relativism that saturates ours. He understood either the fascination of his contemporaries with new discoveries and the confusions they generally introduced. No ask yourself then that his philosophy has been lauded by way of smooth thinkers resembling Albert Einstein, David Bohm, Werner Heisenberg, John Searle, and Alasdair MacIntyre—to identify yet a few.
The undertaking of Aquinas and smooth technology: a brand new Synthesis of religion and cause is exactly to ask you on a travel in the course of the richness of Thomas’s philosophy in its come across with the sciences as we all know them this present day. allow his time-tested rules proceed to function an anchor of intelligibility in a sea of complicated claims.
“Gerard Verschuuren illustrates the perennial price of Aquinas within the quest for an figuring out of the character of clinical clarification. He deals a transparent exposition of the 1st rules of suggestion and being, as pointed out and defended within the paintings of Aquinas.”—JUDE P. DOUGHERTY, Dean Emeritus of the dept of Philosophy, Catholic collage of America
“Verschuuren has written an informative, thought-provoking, witty, and irresistibly readable short for the ongoing relevance of Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy to trendy technological know-how. he's at domestic in either worlds, and will clarify them basically to people who are not.”—STEPHEN M. BARR, Professor within the division of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Bartol learn Institute, Researcher in theoretical particle physics, college of Delaware
“I am inspired through the author’s wisdom of technological know-how and insights into its excellent compatibility with Thomas’s common-sense rules, in addition to his skill to translate the technical abstractions of either philosophy and technological know-how into the language and notion strategies of clever laymen.”—PETER KREEFT, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
“Gerard Verschuuren the following offers a considerate account of the way the philosophical imaginative and prescient of Aquinas can assist us larger see the harmony of truth, whereas additionally appreciating the wide variety of medical disciplines that examine truth in its diversity.”—JOSEPH W. KOTERSKI, S.J., affiliate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
“This booklet is a entire introduction—for scholars and laypersons alike—to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, in addition to a treasure trove of insightful integrations with modern clinical considering. much more importantly, the writer offers a transparent instance of what any present Thomist can be attempting to do—talk to one’s contemporaries.”—JOHN F.X. KNASAS, Professor of Philosophy, middle for Thomistic reports, collage of St. Thomas
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Extra info for Aquinas and Modern Science: A New Synthesis of Faith and Reason
It is as if Aquinas had foreseen all of this almost four centuries earlier. He had already noticed that the visible motions of the celestial bodies “are produced either by the motion of the object seen or by the motion of the observer. . ” In other words, the sun could be moving, or we could be moving. Elsewhere, Aquinas states, “The suppositions that these men [Ptolemaic astronomers] have invented need not necessarily be true: for perhaps, while they save the appearances under these suppositions, they might not be true.
So the truth of the statement “no statements are true unless they can be proved scientifically” cannot itself be proved scientifically. It is not a scientific discovery but at best a philosophical or metaphysical stance or dogma. There is metaphysics again! There should be no space for dogmas in science, although they often do occur in the scientific community. This makes scientism a totalitarian ideology, for it allows no room for anything but itself. A second reason for rejecting scientism is that a successful method like the one science provides does not automatically disqualify all other methods.
A sixth argument against scientism is that the very pioneers of science in England were very much aware of the fact that there is more to life than science. When the Royal Society of London was founded in 1660, its members explicitly demarcated their area of investigation and fully understood that they were going to leave many other domains untouched. ” That’s how the domains of knowledge were separated; it was this “partition” that led to a division of labor between the sciences and other fields of human interest.