Quote XV – Aquinas

QUOTE XV

Thomas Aquinas (1225 -1274 ) – “Essence or nature includes only what defines the species of a thing: thus human nature includes only what defines man, or what makes man man. Now the species of a thing is not defined by the matter and properties peculiar to it as an individual; thus we do not define man as that which has this flesh and these bones, or is white, or black, or the like. This flesh and these bones and the properties peculiar to them belong indeed to this man, but not to his nature. An individual man then possesses something which his human nature does not, so that a man and his nature are not altogether the same thing.”

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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