Title page for ETD etd-07182005-072533

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Edler, Casey
Author's Email Address cedler1@lsu.edu
URN etd-07182005-072533
Title Aquinas and the Knowledge of God
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Philosophy & Religious Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mary Sirridge Committee Chair
Ian Crystal Committee Member
Jon Cogburn Committee Member
  • mystical experience
  • religious debate
  • aquinas
Date of Defense 2005-07-15
Availability unrestricted
This thesis concerns the introduction of mystical knowledge into a debate about God that relies on scientific evidence. The thesis focuses in particular on the relevance of Thomas Aquinas' view of mystical experience. After first presenting Aquinas' theory of rapture as an anticipation of the beatific vision and distinguishing it from other ways of knowing God, I argue that such a theory convincingly renders mystical knowledge inadmissible into a debate about God that relies on scientific evidence, owing to one's inability to either remember or communicate such an experience. As a result, introducing mystical knowledge into the debate causes the religious participants in the debate to appear intellectually inept.
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