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170—Art Participates in God’s Governance—Bradley Elliott, O.P.

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 30, 2023 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Fr. Bradley Elliott, a professional drummer turned Dominican friar, joins the podcast to discuss his book, The Shape of the Artistic Mind: A Search for the Metaphysical Link Between Art and Morals in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas. Themes include:

  • Man’s capacity to participate in God’s creative activity and governance of the world
  • How human artistic activity not only imitates but enhance nature
  • The combination of Aristotelian and neo-Platonic streams in St. Thomas’s theory of art
  • How Aristotle redeemed the notion of nature from Plato, and Plotinus redeemed the notion of imitation from Plato
  • Comparing the virtue of art to the mortal and speculative virtues

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Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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