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Tianyue Wu
Peking University
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    Aquinas on Wrong Judgments of Conscience.Tianyue Wu - 2022 - Res Philosophica 99 (3):275-296.
    Conscience can err. Yet erroneous conscience still seems binding in that it is likely to be morally wrong to ignore the call of conscience. Meanwhile, it seems equally wrong to act according to such a wrong judgment of conscience. The moral dilemma of erroneous conscience poses a challenge to any coherent theory of conscience. In light of this, I will examine Aquinas’s reflections on the psychological mechanism of erroneous conscience and reconstruct a sophisticated explanation of the obligatory force of erroneous (...)
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    Rethinking Augustine’s Adaptation of ‘First Movements’ of Affection.Tianyue Wu - 2010 - Modern Schoolman 87 (2):95-115.
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    Aquinas on Mixed Actions.Tianyue Wu - 2019 - Bulletin de Philosophie Medievale 61:45-64.
    Little attention has recently been paid to Aquinas's analyses of mixed actions, which constitute a significant sort of border line cases between the voluntary and the involuntary. A textual inconsi...
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    Augustine on Initium Fidei - A Case Study of the Coexistence of Operative Grace and Free Decision of the Will.Tianyue Wu - 2012 - Recherches de Theologie Et Philosophie Medievales 79 (1):1-38.
    This essay aims to combine a historical and a theoretical approach to Augustine’s radical insistence on the absolute dominion of divine providence in the beginning of faith . It revisits the development of Augustine’s conception of initium fidei with emphasis on the actual effects of divine grace in the psychological process of willing. By appealing to Augustine’s later reflection on the power of the will, it shows that his growing stress on the absolute authority of grace in his final years (...)
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    The Ontological Status of the Body in Aquinas’s Hylomorphism.Tianyue Wu - 2017 - Studia Neoaristotelica 14 (1):5-38.
    Hylomorphism is central to Thomistic philosophical anthropology. However, little attention has been paid to the ontological status of the body in this theoretical framework. This essay aims to show that in Aquinas’s hylomorphic ontology, the body as a constituent part of the compound is above all prime matter as pure potentiality. In view of the contemporary criticisms of prime matter, it examines the fundamental theoretical presuppositions of this controversial concept and offers a defensive reading of Aquinas’s conception of the body (...)
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    Voluntas Et Libertas : A Philosophical Account of Augustine's Conception of the Will in the Domain of Moral Psychology.Tianyue Wu - 2007 - Dissertation, KU Leuven
    Augustine’s insights into the will and its free decision have long been a focus of controversy since his lifetime. Nonetheless, in modern scholarship, little effort has been made to clarify the actual function of the will as a psychological force in the life of mind. It has often been taken for granted that the will is an independent faculty which underlies our moral responsibility by its free choice. Accordingly, much ink has been spilled over issues such as necessity and freedom, (...)
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    Augustine on the Election of Jacob.Tianyue Wu - 2018 - Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy 6 (1):1-30.
    This essay aims to take up the philosophical challenge of causal determination in divine predestination to human freedom by reconstructing Augustine’s relevant insights to argue that divine predestination still can accommodate our intuitions concerning freedom and moral responsibility today. Section 1 briefly reconstructs the development of Augustine’s reflections on predestination by focusing on his interpretation of the election of Jacob. Section 2 appeals to attacks from the Idle Argument and the Manipulation Argument to present the theoretical difficulties in Augustine’s account. (...)
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    Aquinas on the Individuality of Thinking.Tianyue Wu - 2017 - Review of Metaphysics 71 (1):93-133.
    Aquinas criticizes Averroes’ monopsychism for failing to offer a satisfactory explanation for the obvious fact that “this human being thinks.” However, it also poses great challenges to Aquinas himself to show how an individual person as a material compound can be the subject of thinking, which is supposed to be unmixed with the matter. This essay aims to address these challenges by reconstructing three ontological reasons Aquinas could have offered to demonstrate the compatibility of immateriality and individuality of thinking: the (...)
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    Shame in the Context of Sin - Augustine on the Feeling of Shame in De Civitate Dei.Tianyue Wu - 2007 - Recherches de Theologie Et Philosophie Medievales 74 (1):1-31.
    The topic of shame has attracted little attention in Augustinian scholarship. This article will provide a detailed analysis of Augustine’s case studies of Lucretia’s rape and Adam’s act of covering himself after the Fall in De ciuitate Dei. It will be argued that Augustine’s subtle depiction of shame-feeling in the context of guilt and sin offers us an illuminating interpretation of shame and its intimate relation to personal identity.
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