noun \ˈtō-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of THOMISM

:  the scholastic philosophical and theological system of St. Thomas Aquinas
Tho·mist \-mist\ noun or adjective
Tho·mis·tic \tō-ˈmis-tik\ adjective

Origin of THOMISM

New Latin Thomista Thomist, from St. Thomas Aquinas
First Known Use: circa 1731


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Philosophical and theological system developed by St. Thomas Aquinas. It holds that the human soul is immortal and is a unique subsistent form, that human knowledge is based on sensory experience but also depends on the mind's reflective capacity, and that all creatures have a natural tendency to love God that can be perfected and elevated by grace and application. In the 20th century, Thomism was developed by Étienne Gilson (1884–1978) and Jacques Maritain. After World War II, Thomists faced three major tasks: to develop an adequate philosophy of science, to account for phenomenological and psychiatric findings, and to evaluate the ontologies of existentialism and naturalism.


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