Choose one of the following questions from the Summa Theologica and read the first article: Q. 84 (Knowledge of External Things, pp. 134-137), Q. 89 (Knowledge After Death, pp. 188-191) or Q. 83 (Free Choice, pp. 202-204). A fourth alternative is to read the first article of Q. 76 (Union of Body and Soul, pp. 75-80), and use these ideas to address racism. The rest of the assignment remains the same. Write a 700-1000 word essay that incorporates Aquinas’ position on the question. Your essay should:
- Explain why the topic (Knowledge of External Things, Knowledge After Death, Free Choice, or Union of Body and Soul) is a philosophical problem. (Review Nagel’s book for insight into this.)
- Briefly describe a philosophical position on this topic that we have studied earlier this semester.
- Then describe Aquinas’ position on the topic, and compare and contrast his position with the earlier one.
- Finally, argue for your own position. Make it a deductively valid argument.