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By Mary T. Clark

ISBN-10: 0823212068

ISBN-13: 9780823212064

This new version of An Aquinas Reader includes in a single heavily knit quantity consultant choices that mirror each point of Aquinas's philosophy. Divided into 3 part - fact, God, and guy - this anthology bargains an unmatched standpoint of the complete scope and wealthy number of Aquinas's notion. It presents the final reader with an total survey of 1 of the main awesome thinks or all time and divulges the most important impact he has had on the various world's maximum thinkers. This revised 3rd variation of Clark's perennial nonetheless has the entire remarkable characteristics that made An Aquinas Reader a vintage, yet includes a new creation, stronger layout, and an up-to-date bibliography.

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Thus we have a symphony of three movements­Aristotelian, Neoplatonic, Biblical­potentiality, participation, Creation­where all is harmonized within a metaphysical synthesis that distinguishes Creator from creature in order to relate them through a continual communication of existence as an ultimate principle of reality and of perfection and of progress.  Thomas left us no "Confessions," no "Journal," but he reveals his own mind to us in and through the dialogue with colleagues and predecessors.

Thus essence is truly and strictly in substances, but in accidents only in a certain qualified way.  And so there cannot be found many individuals of the same species in these substances, but there are as many species among them as there are individuals, as Avicenna explicitly says.  Therefore with spirits, their acts of existence must differ from their forms; and hence it is said that a spirit is form­and­existence.  And so such substances are said by some to be composed of that­ which­is and that­by­which­it­is (quod est et quo est), or of that­which­is and existence (quod est et esse), as Boethius says.

This Aquinas did by proposing the distinction between existence and essence to explain the absolute beginning of being and to show the structure that made possible the multiplicity of finite things.  But he would be mistaken if he were to identify the thought of Thomas with that of his predecessors, since Thomas uses the formulas in a thoroughly original way.  In this insistence upon the "ontological consistency" of beings we experience the influence not of Neoplatonism but of Aristotle, for whom things really possessed their own constitutive and operative principles.

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