[FS3481]  The Divine Willing According to St. Thomas Aquinas (seminar) – 21.22

Semester I
wednesday 14:30 - 16:15

Course Information

Professor: CAMP, Isobel
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester I
wednesday 14:30 - 16:15


What does it mean to say that God will himself? Does God will all things? Does creation make a difference to God? This seminar addresses these questions and other related issues from a philosophical perspective to bring to prominence the causality of divine goodness and the nature of the divine will to show that God naturally loves His own goodness and is naturally inclined to communicate it; He, however, does not need to do so. Thus, He acts according to His inclinations by free choice. The seminar will principally draw on the mature writings of texts from various works of St. Thomas Summa contra Gentiles; 72-102; Summa theologiae, 6, 19. Vernacular translations will be available for these texts while encouraging student to engage with the Latin text according to ability. In addition to the principal primary texts to which we shall dedicate the greater part of our time, we will address key concerns in contemporary secondary literature


Thomas de Aquino, Summa theologiae, in Opera Omnia, iussu impensaque Leonis XIII P.M. edita. Romae: ex typographia polyglota et al. 1882-1996; Idem, Summa contra gentiles, in Opera Omnia, iussu impensaque Leonis XIII P.M. edita. Romae: ex typographia polyglota et al. 1882-1996. E. Brito, “The Happiness of God: Hegel and St. Thomas,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 64 (1990), pp. 491-508; I.F.C. Camp, The Aporia of the Principle Bonum diffusivum sui and Divine Freedom in St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters, Rome: Edusc, 2009; W. L. Craig, “Timelessness, Creation and God’s Real Relation to the World,” Laval Théologique et Philosophique, 56 (2000), pp. 93-112; L. Dewan, O.P., “St. Thomas, God’s Goodness, and God’s Morality,” The Modern Schoolman, 70 (1992), pp. 45-51; W. J., Hill, “Does the World Make a Difference to God?,” The Thomist, 38 (1974), pp. 148-164; R. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., De Deo Uno. Commentarium in primam Partem S. Thomae. Torino: R. Berruti, 1954; T. Murphy, “The Divine Freedom according to St. Thomas,” Revue Philosophique de Louvain, 55 (1959), pp. 321-341; J. H. Nicolas, O.P., “Amour de soi, amour de Dieu, amour des autres,” Revue Thomiste, 16 (1956), pp. 5-42; M. Pangallo, S.J., La Libertà di Dio in S. Tommaso e in Duns Scoto, Città del Vatticano: Pontificia Accademia de S. Tommaso e di Religione Cattolica, 1992; A. C. Pegis, “Necessity and Liberty: An Historical Note on St. Thomas Aquinas,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 16 (1940), pp. 1-27; C. J. Peter, “Divine Necessity and Contingency: A Note on R. W. Hepburn,” The Thomist, 33 (1969), pp. 150-161; R. A. Redlon, “St. Thomas and the Freedom of the Creative Act,” Franciscan Studies, 20 (1960), pp. 1-18