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Pedro de Godoy’s De beatitudine naturali. Natural Happiness and its Possibility in Seventeenth-Century Thomism

digital Pedro de Godoy’s De beatitudine naturali. Natural
Happiness and its Possibility in Seventeenth-Century Thomism
Articolo
rivista RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
fascicolo RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 1
titolo Pedro de Godoy’s De beatitudine naturali. Natural Happiness and its Possibility in Seventeenth-Century Thomism
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editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 04-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000100
issn 00356247 (stampa) | 18277926 (digitale)
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Renaissance Thomists knew Thomas Aquinas spoke of natural happiness, but some believed this happiness is absolutely impossible; others impossible in a state of elevation. Most Thomists rejected both forms of skepticism. An example is the Dominican theologian Pedro de Godoy (1608-1677). This article reconstructs Godoy’s main arguments with a view toward uncovering his method and originality. While his arguments are diverse, they mostly depend on the relation of happiness to human psychology. Godoy repeatedly appeals to the natural abilities of intellect and will, yet natural abilities can depend on God’s grace, which is natural or supernatural. Some natural abilities are even impossible without natural grace, like that of loving God above all things. For Godoy’s part, then, it is chiefly psychological considerations that explain why the Thomist School of his day held firm against rising doubts over natural happiness. Above all, it was considerations of knowing and loving God.

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Pedro de Godoy, Thomas Aquinas, Thomism, Renaissance, Salamanca, Happiness

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timothy.lopez@kuleuven.be