In Aquinas's hylomorphic theory of the universe, the patristic theology of the body is strengthened and enriched with deeper philosophical underpinnings. Always sensitive to the spiritualizing tendencies in the Platonic philosophical framework, Aquinas perfects a metaphysical synthesis in which matter, existentially bound to form, is granted definite ontological stability and permanence. Aquinas's metaphysics of the flesh represents an integral development in the history of anthropology and opens the way for a moral theory that does full justice to the human body and affectivity.
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