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By Thomas Aquinas, Richard C. Taylor

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ISBN-13: 9780813208442

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The e-book of Causes, hugely influential within the medieval college, was once regularly yet incorrectly understood to be the of completion of Aristotle's metaphysics. It used to be Thomas Aquinas who first judged it to were abstracted from Proclus's Elements of Theology, possibly through an unknown Arabic writer, who extra to it rules of his own.

The ebook of Causes is of specific curiosity simply because issues that seem in it are echoed within the metaphysics of Aquinas: its remedy of being (esse) as continuing from the 1st developing reason; the triadic scheme of being, dwelling, and figuring out; and the overall scheme of participation during which "all is in all." therefore, the Book of Causes offers a historic backdrop for realizing and appreciating Aquinas's improvement of those subject matters in his metaphysics.

Thomas's Commentary at the publication of Causes, composed throughout the first 1/2 1272, is a special philosophical paintings in its personal correct. It offers a longer view of his method of Neoplatonic concept and services as a consultant to his metaphysics. notwithstanding lengthy overlooked and, in the past, by no means translated into English, it merits an equivalent position along his commentaries on Aristotle and Boethius.

In addition to the broad annotation, bibliography, and thorough advent, this translation is observed by way of worthy appendices. the 1st offers a translation of one other model of proposition 29 of the Book of Causes, which was once now not identified to St. Thomas. the second one lists citations of the Book of Causes present in the works of St. Thomas and cross-references those to a listing exhibiting the works, and the precise situation inside of them, the place the citations may be found.


The past due Vincent A. Guagliardo, O.P., used to be professor of philosophy on the Dominican tuition of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. Charles R. Hess, O.P., is an accessory lecturer in ecclesiastical Latin on the Dominican university. Richard C. Taylor is affiliate professor of philosophy at Marquette collage. His quarter of uniqueness is old and medieval philosophy.

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The Book of Causes (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1984), p. 4. According to Pattin, there is some evidence that Dominicus Gundissalinus was also involved in this translation. See Adriaan Pattin, "Over de schrijver en de vertaler van het Liber de causis," Tijdschrift voor filosofie 23 (1961), pp. 50326. 4. , Book of Causes, p. 4. 5. See Saffrey's introduction, p. xviii. 6 Because this work, which deals monotheistically with a First Creating Cause, was amenable to a biblical view of the universe, its contents spoke tellingly to the Christian mind.

Said that all things are formally good by the first goodness, not as by a conjoint form, but as by a separated form.  .  .  . ST IIII, Q. 23, A. 2, ad 1. 52. ). Also see De Veritate, Q. 21, A. 4, 3a & ad 3.  . the difficult point for all of this speculation lies in the divergence that remains between the formal unification of the real in itself and the concrete unity of the real of our experience.  " ("The Overcoming of the Neoplatonic Triad of Being, Life, and Intellect," in Neoplatonism and Christian Thought [Albany: University of New York Press, 1982], p.

Thomas in the main adheres, in contrast to the rather straightforward Neoplatonism espoused by the author of the Book of Causes. Fi- 15. Unbeknown to St. Thomas, the author of the Book of Causes also draws upon the Enneads of Plotinus for Props. 45(4), 9(8), and 22(21). See the introductory notes to these propositions on S{26}, S{57}, and S{114}. 16. Pseudo-Dionysius himself employs an overall Neoplatonic framework in his use of the triadic scheme: the one, which remains within itself as the principle; the emanation of beings from the one; the return of beings to the one as their source.

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