The Metaphysics of Being of St. Thomas Aquinas in a Historical Perspective

The Metaphysics of Being of St. Thomas Aquinas in a Historical Perspective

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Metaphysics, formerly the queen of science, fell into oblivion under the onslaught of empiricism and positivism and its very possibllity came to be denied. Professor Elders traces the history of this process and shows how St. Thomas innovated in determining both the subject of metaphysics and the manner in which one enters this science, particularly in the framework of his Aristotle commentaries.
The work then considers being and its properties, its divisions into being in act and being in potency, into the act of being essence, and into substance and the accidents. Finally the causes of being are considered. The work also introduces and surveys the extensive literature of Thomas interpretation of the past 50 years.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 26.16mm | 631g
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004096450
  • 9789004096455
  • 2,260,175

Table of contents


I. Being
II. The Properties of Being, I. A History of the Transcendental Concepts to Aquinas
III. The Properties of Being, II. The Theory of the Transcendental Concepts from Scotus to Sartre
IV. Being has a Content
V. The Unity of Being. Being as Some one Thing
VI. The Truth of Being
VII. The Goodness of Being
VIII. Evil
IX. Being is Beautiful
X. Principle of Contradiction: Being is not Not-Being
XI. Being in Act, Being in potency
XII. The Real Distinction between Essence and Being
XIII. Being (Esse)
XV. Participation
XVI. The Order of Things
XVII. Substance, the Primary and Basic Instance of Being
XVIII. Accidental Being
XIX. Causality
XX. The Four Genera of Causality

Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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'...Elders's work [is] admirable for showing the far-reaching scope and vitality Thomistic thought.'
Michael Baur, American Catholic Philosopical Quarterly, 1995.
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About Leo J. Elders

Leo J. Elders SVD studied philosophy at the major seminary at Helvoirt, the University of Utrecht, Harvard University and the Universite de Montreal (Ph.D. 1959). He has held many positions as lecturer and professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Theology 'Rolduc', Kerkrade.
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