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By Mary T. Clark

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This new version of An Aquinas Reader includes in a single heavily knit quantity consultant choices that replicate each point of Aquinas's philosophy. Divided into 3 part - truth, God, and guy - this anthology deals an unequalled standpoint of the entire scope and wealthy number of Aquinas's concept. It presents the final reader with an total survey of 1 of the main striking thinks or all time and divulges the key impression he has had on the various world's maximum thinkers. This revised 3rd variation of Clark's perennial nonetheless has all the unparalleled features that made An Aquinas Reader a vintage, yet features a new advent, greater structure, and an up-to-date bibliography.

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This Aquinas did by proposing the distinction between existence and essence to explain the absolute beginning of being and to show the structure that made possible the multiplicity of finite things.  But he would be mistaken if he were to identify the thought of Thomas with that of his predecessors, since Thomas uses the formulas in a thoroughly original way.  In this insistence upon the "ontological consistency" of beings we experience the influence not of Neoplatonism but of Aristotle, for whom things really possessed their own constitutive and operative principles.

However, it has been shown that id quod est cannot participate in any other way; whence it follows that participation is proper to something when it already is.  So it remains that id quod est can participate in something; ipsum esse cannot participate in anything.  However, this simple and sublime one is God himself.  If therefore nothing is essentially evil, that which is evil is not totally evil, but participates in good; and it is according to that participating in the good that the whole esse of that which is called evil exists.

In this section on Metaphysics we present a sampling from almost every type of work written by Thomas Aquinas, because in these texts spanning Thomas's lifetime of teaching the omnipresence of the real distinction between essence and existence as the exigency of the status of creatures participating in an existence not self­given is serious evidence of the fundamental importance of this distinction in all Thomistic thinking about man and his world.  For even when Thomas discusses God within a metaphysical framework, his one God is recognizable as the God of Genesis, not as a Greek philosophical god.

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