Tra necessità e contingenza: la provvidenza divina nella prospettiva della filosofia naturale di Tommaso d'Aquino

Segni E Comprensione 36 (103):58-80 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Providence, from a philosophical point of view, is a problematic node that runs through much of the history of Western thought. The theme is closely linked to that of necessity, contingency, and causality, and so it can receive a contribution by analysing it starting from Aquinas’ natural philosophy. From the De Principiis Naturae, Aquinas’ youthful text, we witness the development of the theme in this context, which allows us to grasp providence in relation with necessity. The final causality acquires centrality. It is as an “engine” that pushes everything to be according to the proper modality of its nature, and therefore also in the mode of necessity. The rootedness in the natural philosophy allows us to grasp the providence as that modality of divine government capable of holding together the necessity of God’s action and creatural contingency, leaving the rational creature free in its own choices

Author's Profile

Vincenzo Serpe
Università degli Studi di Salerno

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-05-25

Downloads
371 (#48,667)

6 months
221 (#12,309)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?