The uses and limits of human reason according to St. Thomas Aquinas
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Platonic philosophy influenced by Christianity from the beginning. Through St. Augustine and later, St. Anselm, it became a strong and apparentley permanent part of the Christian tradition. Aristotle was first studied and taught by the Arabian scholars, Avicenna of Persia and Avarroes of Spain. St. Thomas Aquinas was introduced to Artistotle and his philosophy by Albertus Magnus. He himself studied Aristotle in the original Greek, and accepted the philosophy of Aristotle. St. Augustine made faith the starting point of the search for truth, in his system. Using faith as the beginning, he went on to use reason. Faith and reason were identical to him, except that reason was the later and higher stage in the process. St. Anselm, accepting this idea from St. Augustine, formulated the entological argument for the existence of God.
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