By Mary T. Clark

This new version of An Aquinas Reader includes in a single heavily knit quantity consultant decisions that mirror each element of Aquinas's philosophy. Divided into 3 part - truth, God, and guy - this anthology deals an unmatched point of view of the total scope and wealthy number of Aquinas's idea. It presents the final reader with an total survey of 1 of the main notable thinks or all time and divulges the key impression he has had on a number of the world's maximum thinkers. This revised 3rd version of Clark's perennial nonetheless has all the unheard of features that made An Aquinas Reader a vintage, yet incorporates a new creation, more suitable structure, and an up-to-date bibliography.

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Indeed, if it is not its own esse, it must have acquired esse from another, just like every created quiddity.  Nevertheless, there is a composition of these two, namely, of quiddity and esse.  VIII it is shown.  IX. About this, however, there are three errors.  One was not the cause of another, but through these three the world and the things from which the world is made were caused.  There is one kind of nature whose act of existence does not belong to its very intelligibility.  And if such a potentiality is called "matter," the being will be composed of matter and Page 48 form, although here the term "matter" is used in a completely equivocal manner (for the wise man is not concerned with names).

Consequently, being is not a genus, and thus it necessarily follows that God is not in a genus. And so it is also clear that God cannot be defined inasmuch as every definition is made up of genus and difference.  And so God who is his own act of existing … has existence according to the whole power of being itself; therefore no perfection found in anything can be lacking to him.  All defect is therefore removed from God so that he is wholly perfect.

IX. About this, however, there are three errors.  One was not the cause of another, but through these three the world and the things from which the world is made were caused.  There is one kind of nature whose act of existence does not belong to its very intelligibility.  And if such a potentiality is called "matter," the being will be composed of matter and Page 48 form, although here the term "matter" is used in a completely equivocal manner (for the wise man is not concerned with names). 5, c.

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