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PACHECO, Paulo Roberto de Andrada. The experientia as a factor of knowledge: the person in the Aristotelic-Thomist philosophical psychology of the Society of Jesus (XVI-XVII centuries). Trivium [online]. 2011, vol.3, n.2, pp. 98-105. ISSN 2176-4891.

To what extent the experientia can be considered a factor of knowledge? Going from the analysis of a type of Jesuitical epistolary correspondence - the called Litterae Indipetae -, produced between 16th and 17th centuries, we saw the evidence of a dynamism of the own experience's elaboration that reveals a modus vivendi founded on that is commonly designed by the name of Aristotelic-Thomist philosophical psychology. This experience, as is elaborated and described on these letters, allowed us identify, beyond the cognoscitive function of the experientia, the notion of man that is on the basis of this dynamism: goes from the assumption of the unity (body and soul, reason and faith, feeling and intellection) and that, living ordained (on himself and in the world that surrounds him), its being accomplishes by analogy to the Divine Being.

Keywords : experience; Aristotelic-Thomist philosophical psychology; Society of Jesus; Litterae Indipetae.

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