Monday, August 25, 2003

Funny stuff from St. Thomas Aquinas

I-II Q4.5ad 3: "Happiness belongs to man in respect of his intellect: and, therefore, since the intellect remains, it can have Happiness [after separation from the body]. Thus the teeth of an Ethiopian, in respect of which he is said to be white, can retain their whiteness, even after extraction."

Excuse me, Master Thomas? Where did this example come from? The teeth of an Ethiopian? Some strange analogies were current in 13th century Paris, apparently.

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