Fulvio Di Blasi explains why Aristotle and St. Thomas claimed that there is in us an acting intellect.
The acting intellect is one of the most difficult concepts in both Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas, and it reveals what the deepest difference is between their philosophy and that of Plato.
The acting intellect is opposed to the possible intellect, but why this distinction?
This topic can be clarified better by concentrating first on the knowledge of our senses. In fact, our cognitive process works in a similar way to both sentient and intellectual knowledge. Yet, the first one is easier to grasp because its object is visible in its materiality.
In this video Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi summarizes the difference between sentient knowledge and intellectual knowledge so that the concept of acting intellect appears as a reasonable answer to the problem of human knowledge.
DR. FULVIO DI BLASI IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SCHOLAR IN THE FIELD OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY, NATURAL LAW THEORY, AND THOMISTIC PHILOSOPHY. HE IS FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT, PRESIDENT OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION IN ITALY, AND DIRECTOR OF THE THOMAS INTERNATIONAL CENTER IN RALEIGH, NC.