Form and Being: Studies in Thomistic Metaphysics (Studies in by Lawrence Dewan

By Lawrence Dewan

The most recent quantity within the reports in Philosophy and the historical past of Philosophy sequence comprises 13 essays by way of Lawrence Dewan on metaphysics, the imaginative and prescient of fact from the point of view of being. whereas they take the shape of interpretations of the idea of Thomas Aquinas, they're intended as a contribution to perennial philosophy, fact that transcends specific cultures and eras.

Written over a interval of 25 years, they vary from an total notion of the first philosophical knowledge, to such specific topics because the perception of substance in an evolutionary context; the normal seed of highbrow wisdom in the man or woman; the main of causality; the immortality of the soul; and the genuine contrast among specific shape and the act of being, the most important for our figuring out of fact as created.

The strategy combines shut readings of and reflections at the texts of Thomas Aquinas and different suitable thinkers. as the essays have been written mostly in accordance with the paintings of numerous well-liked twentieth-century metaphysicians, they frequently provide substitute perspectives on super basic issues.

The unique contribution of this quantity is its specialize in the function of shape one of the a variety of goods within the ontological research. the main admired Thomistic metaphysicians within the 20th century laid nice rigidity at the function of the act of being. Dewan's essays current what's primarily an identical photograph, yet in a fashion that emphasizes the continuity among Christian philosophers and their predecessors in historic Greece.

concerning the writer:

Lawrence Dewan, O.P., is professor of philosophy on the Dominican collage of Philosophy and Theology in Ottawa and is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome.

"The designated contribution of this quantity is its specialise in the position of shape one of the a variety of goods within the ontological analysis." ― The Maritain Notebook


"[A] good-looking quantity of 13 Dewan papers, chosen from one of the greater than 100 he has produced over the years." ― Stephen L. Brock, Acta Philosophica

"It is a excitement to spend time with Lawrence Dewan within the pages of this publication. His mastery of Aquinas, eagerness to educate, zeal for philosophical fact, serious mind, and mild humor illumine each bankruptcy. . . . Father Dewan and the editors of the stories in Philosophy and the historical past of Philosophy sequence have played a carrier to the philosophical neighborhood in bringing those essays together." ― Michael J. Dodds, O.P., The Thomist

"Thirteen great articles, seriously textual in nature, compose the quantity. Dewan culls them from over a hundred released within the final twenty-seven years." ― John F. X. Knasas, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

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The early philosophers thought that the substance of things was uncaused, and conceived of causes merely as sources of accidental form. Later, having analyzed generable and corruptible substance itself into form and matter, they understood such substance as caused, but conceived of matter as uncaused: thus, the causes they conceived were limited to originating particular kinds of things. e. 12 Thomas had already indicated this in the prologue he wrote for his Commentary on the Metaphysics: The aforementioned separate substances are the universal and first causes of being [universales et primae causae essendi].

Gilson held constantly to the view that one must be a philosopher to be adequate as a historian of philosophy, and one must be a historian of philosophy to be a philosopher. What Does It Mean to Study Being “as Being”? 15 Aristotle, though I am well aware of the distance which often separates Thomas from our contemporaries as regards Aristotle’s meaning. In the Republic of Plato, the task of philosophical education is precisely to turn the soul toward the consideration of being. ” He had already said he was seeking the highest causes.

Terms like “cause,” “form,” “perfection,” etc. are all said with a variety of meanings, some primary, some secondary and derivative. And this is not merely a matter of “the way we talk”; rather, we talk the way we do, and think the way we do, because of the nature of being. St. Thomas uses the term “analogy” to describe this situation and this use of words. He presents analogy as a middle position between pure equivocity (as with “pen” said of a writing instrument and an enclosure: same word, said of two different things, with two completely different meanings) and pure univocity (“animal” said of a dog and of a cat: same word, said of two different things, but with the same meaning).

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