Participation and Substantiality in Thomas Aquinas

Brill (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 1. Juli 1995
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • XIV, 290 Seiten
978-90-04-10381-8 (ISBN)
The book is intended to be of use to scholars interested in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, the history of metaphysics and scholastic theology.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • mit Schutzumschlag
  • Höhe: 248 mm
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  • Breite: 164 mm
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  • Dicke: 25 mm
  • 680 gr
978-90-04-10381-8 (9789004103818)
9004103813 (9004103813)
Rudi A. te Velde, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, Free University of Amsterdam, lectures in Philosophy at the Department of Theology of the Catholic University Brabant (The Netherlands). He has written several articles on Thomas Aquinas and edited a translation of texts on metaphysics of Thomas and Aristotle.
List of Abbreviations
General Introduction

Part 1 The Tension between Substance and Participation
I. Participation and Question of the Good
II. The Threefold Goodness of Created Being
III. Participation Accodring to Subject and Accident
IV. The Foundation of the Good in Being
V. The Application of Participation to Being

Part Two Participation and the Casuality of Creation
VI. The divine Similitude in Created Being
VII. The Participation Argument for Creation
VIII. The Progress of Philosophical Reason towards Creation
IX. The Order of Causality between God and Nature
X. The Community of Being and the Question of its Differentiation

Part 3 Degrees of Participation and the Question of Substantial Unity
XI. Forms as Principle of the Order of Being
XII. Form as Principle of the Unity of Being
XIII. The Unity in God of Being, Living and Understanding

Index Personarum et Rerum
'...a new Thomistic scholar bringing such knowledge and deep understanding of the texts to the Thomistic tradition...will challenge other scholars to issue their corrections.'
Desmond J. Fitzgerald, The Thomist, 1997.
'...s'applique a un probleme fondamental trop rarement etudie...l'entreprise de l'A. a vraiment atteint son but...l'ourvrage, qui s'applique a une question dificile mais importante de la pensee du Docteur angeliquw, merite attention.'
E.H. Weber, Revue des Sciences Philos. & Theol., 1996.
'...un travail impeccable de facture, rigoureux, parfaitement informe et convaincant en tous points...'
Emmanual Tourpe, Revue Philosophique de Louvain, 1996.
'Participation and Substantiality in Thomas Aquinas' presents a comprehensive and penetrating account of Aquinas' metaphysics of creation. Its main focus is the concept of participation of being. On the basis of a detailed textual analysis a philosophical interpretation is offered of the main concepts and arguments which underlie Thomas' theocentric understanding of reality.
The central unifying theme of the book is the apparent tension between the notion of participation (central to the Platonic tradition) and that of substance (central to the Aristotelian tradition). The author argues that Aquinas is quite successful in bringing together in his metaphysics on the one hand the substantiality of finite beings and on the other hand their total dependency upon the divine being by way of participation.
The author defends his interpretation in a critical discussion of the views on participation brought forward by well-known Aquinas scholars such as Geiger and Fabro.

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