Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Existence of God: The Collected Papers of Joseph Owens

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1980 - Religion - 291 pages
This book puts before the reader a succinct and philosophically valid interpretation of St. Thomas Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God by a modern, historically grounded interpreter of his thought. Father Joseph Owens is well known for the exacting care with which he prepares his articles and the solid scholarly apparatus with which he supports them. His knowledge of Greek, Latin, Aristotelian, as well as the Thomistic corpus is profound, and he is conversant with the various interpretative traditions within Aristotelianism and Thomism in ancient, medieval, and modern times in their appropriate languages. This volume will challenge the reader, yet it includes everything to help comprehend the position of St. Thomas Aquinas on this central issue.
 

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Contents

Aquinas as Aristotelian Commentator
1
Aquinas on Knowing Existence
20
Judgment and Truth
34
The Accidental and Essential Character of Being in the Doctrine of St Thomas Aquinas
52
Diversity and Community of Being in St Thomas Aquinas
97
Aquinas and the Five Ways
132
The Conclusion of the Prima Via
142
The Starting Point of the Prima Via
169
Actuality in the Prima Via of St Thomas
192
Immobility and Existence for Aquinas
208
Aquinas on Infinite Regress
228
Selected Bibliography of Joseph Owens
231
Notes
233
Index
289
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Joseph Owens is Professor of Classics and Theology at the University of Toronto.

John R. Catan is Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York, College at Brockport.

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