By Thomas Aquinas, Janice L. Schultz, Edward A. Synan
In his sixth-century paintings generally known as the De hebdomadibus, Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the query of the way created issues or elements should be strong simply as they are--that is, reliable simply by existing--without being kind of like the resource of all goodness, God, who's understood to be Goodness Itself. In his remark written within the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas units out to provide an explanation for the matter Boethius is treating in addition to to clarify Boethius's answer. In doing so, even if, the Angelic general practitioner indicates a extra built research of goodness, in keeping with his personal metaphysical standpoint.
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Boethius’s In Ciceronis Topica, tr. Eleonore Stump (Ithaca and London: 1988, hereafter ICT), p. 86; PL 64 1092). In his Consolation of Philosophy 3, pr. 12 Boethius declares that he strongly agrees with Plato; in 5, pr. 4 he speaks of the reason’s ability to grasp the simple form itself. l. ” De trin. 2, ll. 48–56 in The Theological Tractates. I N T RODUC T I O N xli shall contrast with Aquinas’s solution the overall solution Boethius gives to the dilemma that he poses. Comments on Aquinas’s attributing to Boethius a meaning not held by him will close our discussion of esse in Boethius.
2, ll. 31–37. I N T RODUC T I O N xliii and which comes from form is the embodied essence of creatures. But even if in the context of the quotation esse means nothing but the actual being of things, their actually being out there, in the world, that does not entail the conclusion that Boethius proposes esse as a distinct metaphysical principle. Nor can one legitimately conclude without further evidence that for Boethius every composite existent has the two principles of essence and esse corresponding to the non-technical meanings of quod est and esse discussed above.
But this should not surprise us, given the Augustinian identification of essence and esse, and, even with respect to the De hebdomadibus, given Boethius’s statement that to be good pertains to essence (essenciam). Esse and essence are simply interchangeable. True, in the De hebdomadibus all but once esse is used instead of “essence,” but the point of the treatise well may indicate why. Boethius was attempting to explain the profound goodness of actually existent things, creatures good insofar as they are.
An Exposition of the 'On the Hebdomads' of Boethius by Thomas Aquinas, Janice L. Schultz, Edward A. Synan