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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Thomas's faulty biology,er, politology

In the course of collecting quotes to use for conversation lessons talking about chemical castration, crime, punishment, deterrence and what-not, came across this:

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The organic model can no longer serve as an adequate metaphor to understand contemporary Philippine society. Our knowledge of the social sciences has advanced since the time of St. Thomas. Our social organizations today are created and dissolved by the implicit or explicit consent of its individual members. Contemporary social problems, therefore, can no longer be solved simply by amputation.

This is especially true when the primary cause of social problems is the whole structure of society itself. St. Thomas may have some perennial insights that transcend history. But some of the examples that he extracted from the medieval age are inapplicable to our country today.

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