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prof. dr. R.A. (Rudi) te Velde

Professor by Special Appointment 

Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
Department of Systematic Theology and Philosophy


My research concerns the classical tradition of metaphysics, in particular Thomas Aquinas. I am interested in Aquinas and in his thought of being as a sort of counterpoint of modern philosophy in which the metaphysical motif of being has been lost. For me, the question of metaphysics is not only historical, but includes its possible systematical fertility with a view to what is more in truth and meaing than human construction. 

I also write about topics from the philosophy of religion, in particular about the meaning of religion in the modern secularized world.   


Principal publications

  • Aquinas on God. The 'divine science' of the Summa Theologiae (Ashgate Studies in the History of Philosophical Theology), Ashgate Aldershot 2006.
  • Thomas van Aquino: Over het zijnde en het wezen: proeve van een ontologie (vertaling, commentaar, inleiding), Eindhoven: Damon, 2017
  • Homo Sapiens: Thomas van Aquino en de vraag naar de mens (onder redactie van Rudi te Velde). Nijmegen: Valkhof Pers, 204 p. (Annalen van het Thijmgenootschap, jrg. 105), 2017.
  • How Charity Teaches us tgo be Prudent and Just: thomas Aquinas on Charity as Source of Moral Virtues. In: The Virtuous Life: Thomas Aquinas on the Theological Nature of Moral Virtues. Goris, H. & Schoot, H. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters, p.131-141 (Publications of the Thomas Instituut te Utrecht, vol. XVII).
  • "Partnership with God": Thomas Aquinas on Human Desire and God's Grace. In: Nova et Vetera 15, 4, p.1151-1176.

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Last amended: 22 May 2018