more from Thomas Aquinas

Single Idea 20224

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / C. Rationalism / 1. Rationalism]

Full Idea

Knowledge of truth is not consummated in the sensitive powers of apprehension, for these prepare the way to intellectual knowledge. And therefore in these powers there are none of the virtues by which we know truth; these are in the intellect or reason.

Gist of Idea

Sensation prepares the way for intellectual knowledge, which needs the virtues of reason


Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologicae [1265], I-II Q56 a5 obj3), quoted by Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski - Virtues of the Mind III 2.2

Book Reference

Zagzebski,Linda: 'Virtues of the Mind' [CUP 1996], p.277

A Reaction

A gem of a quotation for Zagzebski's thesis, that knowledge is defined in terms of the intellectual virtues. The only virtues of perception are in focusing and paying attention to features. Good eyesight is a biological 'virtue', I suppose.