Proceedings from Dutch-Flemish SITA conference on Aquinas (from Sept. 2004)

The Dutch-Flemish section of the SITA (, presided over by Leo J. Elders svd, organized its first conference on September 25, 2004 at the former Abbey of Rolduc (the Netherlands). The topic of the conference was “The actuality of Saint Thomas Aquinas.”

The proceedings of this conference, together with other essays, are now published in the series ‘Doctor Humanitatis.’

This first publication contains 13 essays, written in Dutch, English and German. The president of the International SITA, Abelardo Lobato op, opens the volume with an article on themes of the ‘quaestiones quodlibetales’. The president of the Dutch-Flesmish section, Leo Elders svd, investigates the presence of Plato in the writings of Aquinas. Bonifacio Honings ocd (Rome) shows how the Catechism of the Catholic Church is deeply indebted to Aquinas moral theology. Romanus Cessario op writes about the influence of Aquinas on Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’. The Dutch scholar Jozef Wissink, member of the ‘Thomas Instituut’ in Utrecht, articulates the highly interesting links between the mental state of dementia patients and Aquinas’ theory of knowledge, Victor Ravensloot argues for the validity of hylemorphism, David Berger talks about the actuality of the Tertia Pars of the Summa.

Next, the volume reprints an influential article by the late Dutch Dominican, Johannes van der Ploeg, who died in 2004, on the role of Scripture in Thomistic theology. The doctrine of God is the topic of the essay by Harm Goris, member of the well-known ‘Thomas Instituut’ in Utrecht. The Polish Thomist, Tadeusz Guz, compares the anthropology of Aquinas and Hegel. Jörgen Vijgen, Vice-President of the Dutch-Flemish section, investigates the role of philosophical reasoning in Aquinas’ articulation of the dogma of the resurrection of the body. The volume closes with a critical review of the recent French volume by the so-called ‘School of Toulouse’ on the actuality of Saint-Thomas.

De actualiteit van Sint-Thomas van Aquino, ed. J. Vijgen (Boekenplan, Hoofddorp, 2005), pp. 215 [ISBN 907179491-1] (Doctor Humanitatis I), can be ordered through the publisher’s website:


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).