Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia by Gaven Kerr

Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia

byGaven Kerr

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Gaven Kerr provides the first book-length study of St. Thomas Aquinas's much neglected proof for the existence of God in De Ente et Essentia Chapter 4. He offers a contemporary presentation, interpretation, and defense of this proof, beginning with an account of the metaphysical principlesused by Aquinas and then describing how they are employed within the proof to establish the existence of God. Along the way, Kerr engages contemporary authors who have addressed Aquinas's or similar reasoning. The proof developed in the De Ente is, on Kerr's reading, independent of many of the other proofs in Aquinas's corpus and resistant to the traditional classificatory schemes of proofs of God. By applying a historical and hermeneutical awareness of the philosophical issues presented by Aquinas'sthought and evaluating such philosophical issues with analytical precision, Kerr is able to move through the proof and evaluate what Aquinas is saying, and whether what he is saying is true.By means of an analysis of one of Aquinas's earliest proofs, Kerr highlights a foundational argument that is present throughout the much more commonly studied Thomistic writings, and brings it to bear within the context of analytical philosophy, showing its relevance to the contemporaryreader.

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Gaven Kerr is a husband and father of two, and a lay member of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans). His work has always been on philosophy generally, notably metaphysics and epistemology, and he specializes in the thought of St.Thomas Aquinas and the general medieval background to his thought. The main goal of his work is to establ...

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Title:Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et EssentiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.31 × 5.71 × 0.98 inPublished:March 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: Essence/Esse Distinction and Composition1. The Argumentation for Real Distinction in De Ente, Cap.2. Essence3. EssePart II: The Proof of God4. The Causal Principle5. The Per Aliud Principle and Infinite Regress6. Esse Tantum7. CreationBibliographyIndex

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"This is a really interesting book, thought provoking and refreshing in its strict philosophical approach to Aquinas's ontology in De Ente et Essentia and for the defense of his ideas about being and God to a contemporary public of professionals schooled in analytical philosophy." --R.A. te Velde, Assistant Professor, Department of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology