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Aquinas and the Supreme Court: Biblical Narratives of Jews, by Eugene F. Rogers Jr.

By Eugene F. Rogers Jr.

This new paintings clarifies Aquinas’ thought of average legislations via his biblical commentaries, and explores its functions to U.S. constitutional law.

  • The first time using Aquinas at the U.S. preferrred courtroom has been explored extensive, and its purposes established via a rigorous examining of the biblical commentaries
  • Shows how key judgments within the splendid court docket have rested on medieval ordinary legislations, and applies severe gender thought to debate issues of those applications
  • Offers new learn information to provide a distinct photograph of Aquinas and usual legislations, and a clean tackle Aquinas’ biblical commentaries
  • New study in accordance with passages within the biblical commentaries by no means ahead of to be had in English

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Yet we should remember that actually to exist is not the native characteristic of anything. Neither the universe as a whole nor this pebble in my hand possess of themselves what it takes to exist. In this sense the existence of the world is wholly mysterious, yet – as I have suggested – luminously so. Inexpressibly other from the nature of every being, existence is received as the unreachable beckoning horizon within stones, the sky, brickwork rained upon, daylight, pools of reflecting water, apples in a bowl.

Thomas, of the kind that stands our more normal formulae on their heads: ‘Knowledge is a certain effect of truth’ . . ” (58, quoting De ver. 1). We can know that something is true, by inference from its effects, but not by deduction from its essence, not from the inside as if we had created its mechanism. We cannot know what makes things to be themselves. Inventing a realm of intentionality incomprehensible to Aristotle, Aquinas beholds a mystery, which is not first of all what we cannot know, but first of all their God-related fullness.

Aquinas has God take on the gender-bending characteristics of Gentiles precisely to save them. This picture of law is at once too religious and too queer for the courts. A book aimed at multiple audiences can hardly treat all readers with equal solicitude, and most of these chapters were originally written with students of Aquinas in mind. I expect that students of law are smart enough to connect the dots where I leave them insufficiently instructed. But I can help readers follow different paths through the book.

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