Aquinas on Connaturality and Education

Thomas Mooney, Mark Nowacki

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    Connatural knowledge is knowledge readily acquired by beings possessing a certain nature. For instance, dogs have knowledge of a scent-world exceeding that of human beings, not because humans lack noses, but because dogs are by nature better suited to process olfaction. As various ethicists have argued, possession of the virtues involves a sort of connatural knowing. Here, connatural knowledge emerges as a knowledge by inclination which systematically tracks the specific moral interests we humans possess precisely because we are human. In this essay we explore the importance of connaturality for moral education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAquinas, Education and the East
    EditorsThomas Brian Mooney, Mark Nowacki
    Place of PublicationDordrecht ; London
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9789400752610
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameSophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures


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