Aquinas on the Origin of Private Property

September 1, 2015

This essay consolidates my discussions of why private property did not exist in Paradise and arose only after Adam and Eve sinned, according to St.  To understand this matter, we must come to term with how Aquinas views human nature in Paradise and in particular, his conception procreation, sexuality, labor, and the nature of Adam and Eve’s children.

According to Thomas Aquinas, private property did not exist in Paradise but arose only later, after the original sin of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from Eden. Why private property is absent in Paradise and what this tells us about Aquinas’s understanding of private property is the subject of this essay…

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