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Aquinas’s Thesis of the Identity of the Intellect Knowing and the Intellectual Object Known

This post is the eighth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics.* 0. In a previous post, the “Touching upon the Theory of Act and Potency,” of August 23, … Continue reading

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Bringing in Edward Feser’s Five Proofs of the Existence of God

Edward Feser’s Five Proofs of the Existence of God* (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2017) has been out for a few weeks now, though I received my copy, ordered in June, just a few days ago. The book commands serious reading … Continue reading

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Touching upon the Theory of Act and Potency

0. I’ll start this post, the sixth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle,* with a brief overview of the posts that have seen the light of … Continue reading

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Aquinas’s Argument That Wisdom Is the Ruler of the Other Sciences. A Critical Assessment

0. This post is the fifth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle. In my post of July 16, 2017, “Aquinas’s Argument That One Science Must “Rule” the … Continue reading

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Aquinas on the First Principles 1

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” 0. This post is the fourth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas … Continue reading

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Metaphysical Pluralism. An Appendix to “The Principle of Metaphysical Realism”

0. In my immediately previous post, “The Principle of Metaphysical Realism,” I presented said principle, that There is at least something. or that At least something exists. as “the utterly basic, and thus absolutely first, principle of metaphysics,” prior even … Continue reading

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The Principle of Metaphysical Realism

0. This post is the third in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle. In the immediately previous post, I spelled out and then criticized one of the very … Continue reading

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Aquinas’s Argument That One Science Must “Rule” the Others. A Critical Assessment.

0. This post is the second in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle. In my immediately previous post, I stated that this post would be focused upon the … Continue reading

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Reading Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle. Introduction

One of the greatest works in the history of metaphysics is the Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle of Thomas Aquinas. It is a work that I have longed for decades to read in the sustained and systematic way that … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas: Beyond Aristotle’s Aristotelian Conception of the Numerical

1. In the first lecture of his Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics* and in the course of an effort at distinguishing the science of physics from those of mathematics and metaphysics, Thomas Aquinas presents the well-known (at least within Aristotelian circles) … Continue reading

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