The one and the many: a contemporary Thomistic metaphysics

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University of Notre Dame Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 324 pages
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When it is taught today, metaphysics is often presented as a fragmented view of philosophy that ignores the fundamental issues of its classical precedents. Eschewing these postmodern approaches, W. Norris Clark finds an integrated vision of reality in the wisdom of Aquinas and here offers a contemporary version of systematic metaphysics in the Thomistic tradition.The One and the Many presents metaphysics as an integrated whole which draws on Aquinas' themes, structure, and insight without attempting to summarize his work. Although its primary inspiration is the philosophy of St. Thomas himself, it also takes into account significant contributions not only of later philosophers but also of those developments in modern science that have philosophical bearing, from the Big Bang to evolution.Norris pursues two central themes in his explication of Thomistic metaphysics. He uncovers the unity and diversity found at all levels of the universe, with all beings held together in harmony rather than disconnected chaos. He also proposes the act of existence as the core of the positive attributes of all real beings, which in its pure unlimited state is the very nature of God. In the end, he offers a final synthetic overview of being both emanating from and returning to God in the Great Circle of Being -- a journey in which each of us is a traveler.Through Aquinas' metaphysics, Clarke helps the reader develop a holistic view of the meaningfulness of our universe an

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Review: The One and the Many: A Contemporary Thomistric Metaphysics

User Review  - Darryl - Goodreads

Used this as a textbook for a Metaphysics class at the local Catholic college. As tough as metaphysics is to understand, Clarke makes it understandable and enjoyable. Be prepared to reread what he has to say though, as he packs a lot of information into each chapter. Read full review

Review: The One and the Many: A Contemporary Thomistric Metaphysics

User Review  - Michael Fogleman - Goodreads

Insofar as Father Clarke does indeed achieve what he attempts to do, this book is flawless. My rating—three—means that, yes, I liked it, and it was helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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The Discovery and Meaning of Being
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THREE
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Clarke is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Fordham University.

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