St. Thomas Aquinas Argument Analysis

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The question being considered in this paper is “How affective is Aquinas’ argument from motion and how plausible are the objections to this argument?” This paper will address two major objections to Aquinas’ theory. The first is if everything must have a mover, what moved God? The second is why can there not be an infinite number of movers? This paper will consider Aquinas’ background as well as his argument from motion and the two objections to his theory. My thesis for this essay is that while Aquinas’ argument from motion seems plausible it is more likely that there are an infinite number of movers because of the complexity of life. St. Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican theologian who was one of the most influential medieval thinkers of Scholasticism and the father of the Thomistic school of theology. Aquinas was born circa 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy, in the Kingdom of Sicily. Aquinas was the youngest of eight children born to Landulph, count of Aquino and Theodora,…show more content…
Aquinas was described as “a witty child who had received a good soul.” (, 2015) It was also said that at the Monte Cassino the young boy repeatedly questioned, “What is God?” to all he came in contact with (, 2015). He remained at the monastery until he was 13 years old, when he was forced to return to Naples due to the political climate. Aquinas spent the next five years at a Benedictine house in Naples where he completed his primary education. At the Benedictine house, which was closely affiliated with the University of Naples, he studied the work of Aristotle, which is what started his exploration into philosophy. He also developed an interest in contemporary monastic orders and was particularly drawn into the life of spiritual service. This was in direct contrast with the more traditional views he observed at the Abbey of Monte

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