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Thomas Aquinas on Slavery - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 148
Slavery/Thomas Aquinas/Höffe: In the course of the lex (law) tract Thomas Aquinas justifies the servitudo,
Höffe 149
the slavery or servitude.
Thomas Aquinas pro Aristotle: Again he refers back to Aristotle, here the concept of "slaves by nature"(1), whose intellectual deficit, making a master necessary, is due to original sin(2).
HöffeVsAristotle/HöffeVsThomas Aquinas: But this reasoning is not convincing. For all human beings are subject to original sin, which is why they all have to be regarded as servants/slaves, whereby the difference decisive for slavery, masters there, slaves here, becomes invalid. The fact that such an outstanding thinker as Thomas overlooks this consequence shows how much he remains attached to a view prevailing at that time. In the decisive respect for the Christian theologian, however, the slaves or servants are not disadvantaged; they too are called to eternal salvation.

1. Aristoteles, Politika 15.
2. Thomas Summa lIa Ilae, qu. 105

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