The Metaphysics Of The School (volume 2); Book4. Principles Of Being Book 5. Causes Of Being

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byThomas Harper

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... ARTICLE II. The existence of material substantial Forms. By a material substantial Form is understood one of the two intrinsic constituents of bodies, which informs and actuates the matter or second intrinsic constituent and, together with this latter, constitutes the material substance. Now, the first question that naturally occurs is this: Are there such things in the material world as these substantial Forms? It would obviously be useless to inquire with much labour and expenditure of time into their nature, causality, production, effects, and the like; if there should chance to be any scepticism as to their existence or reality. Hence the Schoolmen are wont to say, generally of any theme, that the primordial question is, whether there is such a thing, (prima quaeritur an sit); then afterwards comes the question, what sort of a thing it is, (deinde quaeritur quid sit). The first point, therefore, which we have to determine is, the real existence of these Forms in nature. Previously, however, to entering on the proposed discussion, it will be of advantage to clear away two difficulties, one of which affects the legitimacy of the discussion, while the other indicates a doubt as to the possibility of proof. First of all, it may be doubted whether the whole question bearing upon the material and formal causes properly belongs to the metaphysical science, and not rather to physics; since it really amounts to nothing more or less than an inquiry into the nature and constitution of physical entities. The last remark is true; but then it should be remembered, (as there has been occasion to notice more than once before), that the same reality can be the material object of more than one science, provided that the formal object is distinct,--in other words, provi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881. Excerpt: ... ARTICLE II. The existence of material substantial Forms. By a material substantial Form is understood one of the two intrinsic...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.65 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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