Thomas Aquinas
#17 Overall Influence

Thomas Aquinas

Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church

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Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. An immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, he is also known within the latter as the and the . The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism; of which he argued that reason is found in God. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory.

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University of Naples Federico II

Academy in Naples

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University of Paris
University of Paris

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#2 World Rank
Religious Studies
#6 World Rank
Law
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Philosophy
#318 World Rank
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