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  1. Stephen L. Brock, Stephen L. Brock.
    Size is not always a gauge of significance. The issue that I propose to address here centers on a single clause from the Summa theologiae . But it goes nearly to the heart of St Thomas’s teaching on natural law. It concerns the way in which Thomas thinks the human mind comes to understand good and evil. The specific question raised by the clause is the role played in this process by what Thomas calls “natural inclination.” This question leads to (...)
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  2. Stephen L. Brock, The Ratio Omnipotentiae in Aquinas.
    The reply, quoted above, is remarkable on several accounts: the scope that it assigns to the first article of the faith3; its sweeping pronouncement on the limits never surpassed by “the philosophers” in the knowledge of God4; and its implicit classification of three specific divine attributes as objects of faith. It is this last point which bears especially on the matter of the present study, the notion of omnipotence.
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  3. Stephen L. Brock, What is the Use of Usus in Aquinas' Psychology of Action?
    The general aim of this paper is simply to draw attention to a certain theme in St Thomas' psychology of human action, one not often treated at much length in discussions of Aquinas on action. This theme is his notion of usus , "use", as a stage or component in the accomplishment of a complete human act. I shall begin by indicating some possible reasons for the general disregard of the theme, and shall then briefly note some rather striking affirmations (...)
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  4. Stephen L. Brock (2012). God's Existence. Can It Be Proven? A Logical Commentary on the Five Ways of Thomas Aquinas. Review of Metaphysics 65 (3):693-695.
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  5. Stephen L. Brock (2010). Metaphysics and Ethics: The Reopening of a Question on Ontology of the Self. Acta Philosophica 19 (1).
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  6. Stephen L. Brock (2010). Metafisica ed etica: la riapertura della questione dell'ontologia del bebe. Acta Philosophica 19 (1):37-58.
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  7. Stephen L. Brock (2009). REVIEWS-Lawrence Dewan, OP, Wisdom, Law and Virtue: Essays in Thomistic Ethics. The Thomist 73 (3):497.
  8. Stephen L. Brock (2006). On Whether Aquinas's Ipsum Esse is “Platonism”. Review of Metaphysics 60 (2):269-303.
    Enrico Berti and others hold that Aquinas’s notion of God as ipsum esse subsistens conflicts with Aristotle’s view that positing an Idea of being treats being as a genus and nullifies all differences. The paper first shows how one of Aquinas’s ways of distinguishing esse from essence supposes an intimate tie between a thing’s esse and its differentia. Then it argues that for Aquinas the (one) divine essence differs from the (manifold) “essence of esse.” God is his very esse. This (...)
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  9. Stephen L. Brock (2005). Is Uniqueness at the Root of Personal Dignity? John Crosby and Thomas Aquinas. The Thomist 69 (2):173-201.
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  10. Stephen L. Brock (2002). Can Atheism Be Rational? A Reading of Thomas Aquinas. Acta Philosophica: Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia 11 (2):215-238.
    Does St Thomas Aquinas have anything to teach us on the subject of atheism? We might doubt it, even if we share his basic outlook. The reason would be the very fact that in his day there were so few who did not share it. It was, as they say, an age of faith. The profession of some sort of religious belief, indeed monotheism, was virtually universal, not just in Europe but in practically all of what Europeans then knew of (...)
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  11. Stephen L. Brock (2002). Causality and Necessity in Thomas Aquinas. Quaestio 2 (1):217-240.
    The formulation is persuasive. Yet clearly it does assert a necessary connection between any occurrence and its antecedents. In order for a different result to occur, there has to be a corresponding difference in the antecedents. This means that from any determinate set of antecedents, a single determinate result must follow. It is a formula for determinism. Anscombe wants to caution us not to take what it says for granted.
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  12. Stephen L. Brock (2001). St Thomas and the Eucharistic Conversion. The Thomist 65 (4):529-565.
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  13. Stephen L. Brock (2001). John Finnis, Aquinas: Moral, Political, and Legal Theory:Aquinas: Moral, Political, and Legal Theory. Ethics 111 (2):409-411.