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The Last Superstition: Let’s Meet Aquinas

Chapter 3: Getting Medieval Having laid the groundwork in Chapter 2, Feser now moves on to the star of the show, Thomas Aquinas. He opens the chapter with a story of Aquinas overlooking a woman’s achievements, and instead interrupting her with a comment about her body: he once came upon “a holy nun who used… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Let’s Meet Aquinas

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The Last Superstition: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts, Aristotle’s metaphysics We now come to Aristotle, and one of Feser’s central points (emphasis in the original): How significant is Aristotle? Well, I wouldn’t want to exaggerate, so let me put it this way: Abandoning Aristotelianism, as the founders of modern philosophy did, was the single greatest mistake ever made… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

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The Last Superstition: Toothpaste and Universal Concepts

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts, continued. Continuing his discussion of Platonic Forms, Feser introduces this example (bold added): [A] squirrel who likes to scamper up trees and gather nuts for the winter (or whatever) is going to be a more perfect approximation of the squirrel essence than one which, through habituation or genetic defect, prefers… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Toothpaste and Universal Concepts

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The Last Superstition: Plato’s Forms

Chapter 2: Greeks Bearing Gifts is a recap of the history of Greek philosophy that led to Thomas Aquinas, which he’ll talk about in chapter 3. This is, in my opinion, the best chapter in the book. I’ll skip over the first section, From Thales to Socrates because although it’s interesting, from a historical perspective,… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Plato’s Forms

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The Last Superstition: Skip Ahead

Chapter 1 This chapter can safely be skipped. It’s equal parts complaining about The New Atheists and insulting them, making big claims, and giving Aristotle and Aquinas loving tongue-baths. He yearns for the good old days when people kept their atheism to themselves. In this introductory chapter, Feser makes a number of big promises for… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Skip Ahead