n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - The thematic contradiction in Thomas Aquinas' conception of the state : an African (Nigerian) perspective

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



A dominant feature in the medieval philosophy is the fact that the thoughts at that time were influenced by church men, especially the doctrines of Christianity. For any theory to survive it had to gain the support of the church men; otherwise, such would cease to flourish.

The political theories in the medieval periods were not exceptions. There was the presence of the relationship between the spiritual and the temporal powers. Given this, the political theory of Thomas Aquinas and some medieval philosophers, who came before, during his period and/or after, had the same characterizing factor.

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