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El problema de la Razón Práctica como principio ordenador de las acciones morales en las Filosofías Prácticas de Alberto Magno y de Tomás de Aquino -

Author(s): José Ricardo Pierpauli

Journal: Brathair
ISSN 1519-9053

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 44;
Date: 2001;
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Keywords: Practical Philosophy | Alberto Magno | Thomas Aquinas

The present article is about the historical-philosophical relationships, regarding the reconstruction of a Political Philosophy, between Alberto Magno and Thomas Aquinas. It offers a base for comparison between the comments to Aristotle’s Politics made by each of the medieval masters. To this end we offer some considerations about the Latin translations of each author, aiming to elaborate a hypothesis that permits us to travel down the beginning of a road to the solution with respect to the controversial problem of the translation utilized by Alberto. Finally, we offer as an appendix a chronological table of the life and works of Alberto and Thomas, with special attention to the moment the respective Comments on the Politics were elaborated. The result of this initial comparison is that maybe Thomas was able to read, through the manuscript of the National Library of Paris, the comment written beforehand by Alberto Magno. Throughout the work, we clearly state that the influence exerted by Alberto on Thomas in themes of Practical Philosophy took place through lessons that the Doctor universalis dictated to Aquinas in the important period that occurred during the foundation of the Studium Generale in the city of Köln Alemania. This was the birth of the seed of the German University, and the moment of the reception, transformation, and transmission of Aristotelism, in the context of the then predominant Neo-Platonic lines of thought.
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