it follows that when it came to philosophy, Lenin was a Neo-Thomist

From Umberto Eco’s On the Shoulders of Giants – in his lecture on The Abstract and the Relative

A specular theory of truth is adaequatio rei et intellectus (the equation of the intellect and the thing), as if our mind were a mirror that, when working properly and not a distorting one or misted over, must faithfully reflect things as they are.  This is the theory put forward by Thomas Aquinas, for example, but also by Lenin in his Materialism and Empirio-Criticism (1909).  And since Aquinas could not have been a Leninist, it follows that when it came to philosophy, Lenin was a Neo-Thomist.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s