The Metaphysics of Creation: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles II by Norman KretzmannThe Metaphysics of Creation: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles II by Norman Kretzmann

The Metaphysics of Creation: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles II

byNorman Kretzmann

Paperback | October 1, 2001

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About Aquinas: St Thomas Aquinas lived from 1224/5 to 1274, mostly in his native Italy but for a time in France. He was the greatest of the medieval philosopher/theologians, and one of the most important of all Western thinkers. His most famous books are the two summaries of his teachings, the Summa contragentiles and the Summa theologiae.About this book: Norman Kretzmann expounds and criticizes Aquinas's natural theology of creation, which is 'natural' (or philosophical) in virtue of Aquinas's having developed it without depending on the data of Scripture. The Metaphysics of Creation is a continuation of the project Kretzmann began in TheMetaphysics of Theism, moving the focus from the first to the second book of Aquinas's Summa contra gentiles.Here we find Aquinas building upon his account of the existence and nature of God, arguing that the existence of things other than God must be explained by divine creation out of nothing. He develops arguments to identify God's motivation for creating, to defend the possibility of a beginninglesscreated universe, and to explain the origin of species. He then focuses exclusively on creatures with intellects, with the result that more than half of his natural theology of creation constitutes a philosophy of mind. Kretzmann gives a masterful guide through all these arguments. As before, he notonly expounds Aquinas's natural theology, but advocates it as the best historical instance available to us.
Norman Kretzmann, Sage Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Cornell Univerisity, New York, completed this book at the beginning of 1998, and died in the summer of that year. He taught philosophy at Cornell for more than thirty years, and also held appointments at Bryn Mawr College, Ohio State University, and the University of Illinoi...
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Title:The Metaphysics of Creation: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:498 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Nature from the Top Down2. From God to Everything Else3. Creation as Doubly Universal Production4. Creation's Modalities5. Could the Created World Have Existed For Ever?6. The Origin of Species7. Intellects8. Metaphysical Hybrids9. The Soul's Anatomy;10. Souls before Birth and at DeathAppendices; References; Indexes.