Vol. 11 No. 1 (2018): Mind, Nature and Beauty in the Medieval Philosophy

Tommaso e alcuni suoi contemporanei sull’autoconoscenza degli habitus

Enrico Donato
Università di Ginevra
Published May 25, 2018
  • Thomas Aquinas,
  • habitus,
  • medieval epistemology
How to Cite
Donato, E. (2018). Tommaso e alcuni suoi contemporanei sull’autoconoscenza degli habitus. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 11(1), 133-143. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-23278


In this paper I consider a problem – originally raised by Thomas Aquinas – that is a side effect of integrating Aristotle’s epistemology with Augustine’s. Thus, how can the human soul obtain knowledge of its own stable dispositions (habitus)? In a serious attempt to meet the constraints that Aristotle had placed on the possibility of human reflexive thought, Aquinas builds his answer on a distinction between actual and habitual self-knowledge. Both Matthew of Acquasparta and Roger Marston will draw on the distinction, as well as on the overall formulation of the problem, and yet – due to a stronger commitment to Augustineʼs epistemology – they will reject with different arguments Aquinas’s solution.


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