By Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
Frederick D. Wilhelmsen’s Being and Knowing, rooted within the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, rests on easy assertions: first, metaphysics is the technology of being in its first and supreme act, life (the act in which all issues happen themselves); moment, that lifestyles is understood no longer via watching gadgets, yet in declaring via judgments that those gadgets are topics of existence.
The chapters of this e-book discover those Thomistic doctrines. a few clarify St. Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy of being. Others probe his epistemology. The complexity and density of Aquinas’s concept of judgment (that fact is learned within the judgment of man), emphasised all through many of the publication, element not just to a deeper figuring out of the character of metaphysics, yet they open doorways to the rationalization of philosophical matters germane to modern thought.
This paintings addresses a couple of metaphysical philosophical paradoxes. Wilhelmsen’s exploration of them demonstrates why he used to be the preeminent American student of the Thomistic culture. This quantity is a part of Transaction’s sequence, the Library of Conservative Thought.
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N. 660, p. 245: “Deinde, cum dicit (Dionysius—ed. , text, n. 279) Et ipsum . . ostendit quomodo esse se habeat ad Deum; et dicit quod ipsum esse commune est ex primo Ente, quod est Deus, et ex hoc sequitur quod esse commune aliter se habeat ad Deum quam alia existentia, quantum ad tria: primo quidem, quantum ad hoc quod alia existentia dependent ab esse communi, non autem Deus, sed magis esse commune dependet a Deo; et hoc est quod dicit (Dionysius) quod ipsum esse commune est ipsius Dei, tamquam ab Ipso dependens, et non ipse Deus est esse, idest ipsius esse communis, tamquam ab ipso dependens.
They point up the synthetic structure of the existential order as well as the synthetic structure of the intentional order of metaphysics as an intellectual discipline. Norbert del Prado, De Veritate Fundamentali Philosophiae Christianae (Friburgi Helvetiorum, 1911). Thomas Aquinas, De Ente et Essentia: “Ergo patet quod natura . . ” C. III, ed. Roland-Gosselin, p. 26. Gerald B. Phelan, “The Being of Creatures,” Selected Papers, p. 87. “Consequently, discussion of the being of creatures in terms of causality, participation, composition of act and potency, esse and quod est, and all the familiar vocabulary of the production and reception of being (esse) used in reference to creation .
14. Ferrariensis, In Contra Gentiles, I, 59. 1 The plethora of articles and books whose attention has been bent to the elucidation of the issue might lead us to suspect that little more can be said on the subject. A warning signal that this suspicion is not well founded is the appearance of several studies that have challenged the thesis that the metaphysics of St. ”3 The expected reaction against the Existentialism of the post-World War II era has resonated within Thomistic circles as well. The present essay is by no means a contribution to the literature of Thomistic revisionism, pro or con, but is written in the spirit of a man who, in fact a non-revisionist, is convinced that all has not yet been said about the role of existence and judgment, that the role of the judgment of separation, of a properly negative dimension to all metaphysical propositions and conclusions, is sufficiently dense and rich that we can assume confidently, unless proven otherwise, that there is more to the doctrine than meets the eye.