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Cajetan (Thomas de Vio) (1468–1534)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-C008-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Thomas de Vio, better known as Cajetan, has long been considered to be the outstanding commentator on the philosophical thought of Thomas Aquinas. He has had a great influence not only on discussions about Aquinas’ theory of analogical predication regarding God and creatures but also on discussions about Aquinas’ fundamental notions of essence and existence. On both counts his interpretations are at variance with Aquinas himself. He also set himself in opposition to Aquinas when he denied in his later writings that the immortality of the human soul could be demonstrated, arguing that it is a doctrine that must be accepted simply on faith, like the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. His explication of Aquinas’ cognitive psychology is an interesting development that goes beyond Aquinas.

Citing this article:
Mahoney, Edward P.. Cajetan (Thomas de Vio) (1468–1534), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-C008-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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