Die Lehre des Thomas von Aquin über die Entstehung des Menschen

Studia Neoaristotelica 7 (1):49-68 (2010)
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Thomas Aquinas’ Teaching on the Origin of Human Individual in the Light of Contemporary EmbryologyThis paper attempts to show that if we carefully distinguish between the biological and metaphysical assumptions of Thomas Aquinas, it is possible, with the help of contemporary systems biology, to find good reasons for the thesis that the animation of a human individual takes place at conception. Systems biology is able to identify crucial events on the molecular level. The same would hold also for the possible human clone. In the paper I try to show that it is possible to maintain the notion of simultaneous animation along with the metaphysical assumptions of Thomas Aquinas, despite the fact that Thomas Aquinas himself advocated successive animation, due to his biological knowledge and the common opinions held in his times.Explanatio Thomæ Aquinatis doctrinæ de individui humani origine in luce embryologiæ hodiernæHac dissertatio demonstrare intendit, possibile esse, si Thomæ Aquinatis assumpta biologica a metaphysicis distinguamus, rationes bonas invenire (hodierna “biologia systematum” adiuvante) pro sententia asserente animationem individui humani in instanti conceptionis fieri. “Biologia systematum” nempe capax est, eventus maiores discernere molecularum commotiones perlegendo. Mutatis mutandis, hoc etiam valebit respectu clonis humani, si forte detur. Hæc dissertatio ostendere conatur, animationem simultaneam cum principiis metaphysicis Thomæ Aquinatis bene cohærere, quamquam ipse Thomas animationem successivam defendit, notitia quam habuit de rebus naturalibus suique ætatis sententia communi innitens
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