By Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
Frederick D. Wilhelmsen’s Being and Knowing, rooted within the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, rests on easy assertions: first, metaphysics is the technological know-how of being in its first and supreme act, life (the act during which all issues occur themselves); moment, that lifestyles is understood now not via looking at gadgets, yet in maintaining via judgments that those gadgets are topics of existence.
The chapters of this e-book discover those Thomistic doctrines. a few clarify St. Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy of being. Others probe his epistemology. The complexity and density of Aquinas’s conception of judgment (that fact is discovered within the judgment of man), emphasised all through many of the ebook, element not just to a deeper realizing of the character of metaphysics, yet they open doorways to the explanation of philosophical concerns germane to modern thought.
This paintings addresses a few metaphysical philosophical paradoxes. Wilhelmsen’s exploration of them demonstrates why he used to be the preeminent American student of the Thomistic culture. This quantity is a part of Transaction’s sequence, the Library of Conservative Thought.
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This agnosticism is demanded in order that we not fall into anthropomorphism and its nest of contradictions. Possibly the Arabs can teach us a lesson. 3 God is not the best that is: He is always “better” than any best. On the other hand, any breaking of the tension through an excessive concentration on the Via Negationis totally destroys metaphysics as any reasoned discourse about the structure of being. 18 The Triplex Via and the Transcendence of Esse The famous Via Super-Eminentiae or Via Transcendentiae avoids both pitfalls.
This text must be linked with the insistence in the De Ente et Essentia, c. ” They point up the synthetic structure of the existential order as well as the synthetic structure of the intentional order of metaphysics as an intellectual discipline. Norbert del Prado, De Veritate Fundamentali Philosophiae Christianae (Friburgi Helvetiorum, 1911). Thomas Aquinas, De Ente et Essentia: “Ergo patet quod natura . . ” C. III, ed. Roland-Gosselin, p. 26. Gerald B. Phelan, “The Being of Creatures,” Selected Papers, p.
The doctrine applies as well to our knowledge of being as being, ens in quantum est. Thomistic metaphysics pretends to be reasoned discourse about the act of existence. After a complicated process of reasoning, esse is distinguished from essence, is identified as act, even as act of all acts, and ultimately as perfection of all perfections. Fr. ” Nonetheless, the Thomistic metaphysician transfers the meaning of act to the metaphysical order and concludes that esse is the act of all acts. A univocal concept belonging to the categorical order, to nature, is applied analogically to nature’s transcendence: esse.
Being and Knowing: Reflections of a Thomist by Frederick D. Wilhelmsen