Henry of Ghent on Divine Illumination

Januarius 31, 2007

Henry of Ghent’s works out part of his theory of cognition out in response to the question Can a human being know anything without divine illumination? Like Thomas Aquinas, Henry attempts to synthesize the mechanisms of Aristotle’s theory of cognition with the Augustinian doctrine that true knowledge is beyond the natural capacity of human cognition, requiring a gift of divine illumination, however Henry will argue against Thomas that this illumination must be something other than a natural faculty of the soul.

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