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Moral Aspects of Imaginative Art in Thomas Aquinas

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Faculty of Theology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
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Faculty of Theology, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080, Malta
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Academic Editors: Manuel Lázaro Pulido and Ricardo Piñero Moral
Religions 2021, 12(5), 322; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050322
Received: 27 March 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 30 April 2021 / Published: 1 May 2021
For Thomas Aquinas, the imagination, being one of the “inner senses”, is a doorway to attain true knowledge. In this paper, we first analyze his lexicon in this regard (imaginatio and phantasia). Second, we discuss imagination as the subject matter of the intellectual virtues, which facilitate cognition and judgment. The development of imagination is the foundation of his vision of education not only on the natural but also on the supernatural level. Third, we explore Aquinas’ moral assessment of imaginative art and finally its influence on shaping the character. This influence occurs on two levels: it is assessed from the perspective of charity, justice, prudence and purity, namely to what extent the art serves these values, whereas the second criterion is beauty. View Full-Text
Keywords: fine arts; virtue ethics; prudence; character; Thomism; architecture fine arts; virtue ethics; prudence; character; Thomism; architecture
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Roszak, P.; Berry, J.A. Moral Aspects of Imaginative Art in Thomas Aquinas. Religions 2021, 12, 322. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050322

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Roszak P, Berry JA. Moral Aspects of Imaginative Art in Thomas Aquinas. Religions. 2021; 12(5):322. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050322

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Roszak, Piotr, and John A. Berry 2021. "Moral Aspects of Imaginative Art in Thomas Aquinas" Religions 12, no. 5: 322. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050322

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