Aquinas On Being

Paperback | February 15, 2005

byAnthony Kenny

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Anthony Kenny offers a critical examination of a central metaphysical doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, the greatest of the medieval philosophers. Aquinas's account of being is famous and influential: but Kenny argues that it in fact suffers from systematic confusion. Because of the centrality ofthe doctrine, this has implications for other parts of Aquinas's philosophical system: in particular, Kenny shows that the idea that God is pure being is a hindrance, not a help, to Aquinas's natural theology. Kenny's clear and incisive study, drawing on the scholastic as well as the analytic tradition, dispels the confusion and offers philosophers and theologians a guide through the labyrinth of Aquinas's ontology.

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Anthony Kenny offers a critical examination of a central metaphysical doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, the greatest of the medieval philosophers. Aquinas's account of being is famous and influential: but Kenny argues that it in fact suffers from systematic confusion. Because of the centrality ofthe doctrine, this has implications for other ...

Anthony Kenny is at formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Master of Balliol College, and President of the British Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.52 inPublished:February 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279446

ISBN - 13:9780199279449

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Table of Contents

Preface1. On Being and Essence2. On Being and Essence - II3. The Commentary on the Sentences4. The Disputed Questions on Truth5. The Summa contra Gentiles6. Questions Disputed in Rome7. The Summa Theologiae8. The Summa Theologiae - II9. The Commentaries on Aristotle's Metaphysics10. Conclusion: Twelve Types of BeingAppendix: Frege and Aquinas on Existence and NumberBiblography

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`... a commendable addition to Anthony Kenny's distinguished portfolio of books on Thomism.'Martin Stone, Times Literary Supplement