There remains in the heart a yearning to return home to the medieval synthesis. Yet whole-hearted acceptance would be inauthentic. At the same time however, it is possible to gain enlightenment from Aquinas. Merleau-Ponty “assumes that we can clarify the choices of others through our own and ours through theirs, that we adjust one by the other and finally arrive at the truth.” This assumption seems valid. It is an opportune time to examine “the choices” of Aquinas. Not only because it is the 700th anniversary of his death, but also because of the time that has elapsed since many people in this country and Europe began to seriously question the relevance of Thomism for the complexities of the mid-20th century.



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