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Sensus communis: Sensus communis, or common sense, is the ability to make sound judgments based on experience and intuition. Thomas Aquinas argued that sensus communis was a spiritual faculty that allowed us to perceive universal truths. John Locke argued that sensus communis was a product of experience and that it was essential for making sound judgments.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Thomas Aquinas on Sensus communis - Dictionary of Arguments

Gadamer I 27
Sensus communis/Thomas/Gadamer: In scholasticism, for example for Thomas, the sensus communis, a further development of "De anima"(1), is the common root of the external senses, or rather the ability to combine them, which is determined by the
Gadamer I 28
skill given to all people(2).
VicoVsThomas: For Vico, on the other hand, the sensus communis is a sense of rights and common good that lives in all people, and even more so a sense acquired through the commonality of life, determined by its orders and purposes.
>Sensus communis/Vico.

1. Aristoteles, De anima, 425 a 14ff.
2. Thomas Aq. S. Th. 1. q. 1, 3 q. 78, 4 ad 1.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977

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