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 technology of being in its first and supreme act, lifestyles (the act during which all issues happen themselves); moment, that lifestyles is understood now not via looking at items, yet in maintaining via judgments that those items are matters of existence.
The chapters of this publication 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 idea of judgment (that fact is discovered within the judgment of man), emphasised all through lots of the ebook, element not just to a deeper figuring out of the character of metaphysics, yet they open doorways to the rationalization of philosophical concerns germane to modern thought.
This paintings addresses a couple of 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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Here we encounter the metaphysician as Wise Man; his mind as intellectus, not ratio; his most proper act as judgment, not ratiocination. The emergent vision of order is a backward glance. The vision would have been impossible had the metaphysician not previously proceeded negatively through the darkness of separating esse from every mode of becoming and materiality. But, the negative moment is not all that negative! Within the Via Negationis there is a germ of inexhaustible positivity. Were metaphysics to halt in conceptual content, it would confess itself to be theoretically exhaustible, if not exhausted.
Only God is infinite in the order of Esse: more accurately, He is that infinite order. Given the doubly negative structure of “infinity,” the predication of infinity to God affirms the lack of a lack. The Via Super-Eminentiae judges that God is Good altogether without limits; it denies essence or nature of Him (taking essence here in the sense of determination or specification). St. Thomas Aquinas worked the Triplex Via into two specifically epistemological dimensions of his own teaching. The act of conceptualizing issuing into simple understanding, intentionally reiterates natures or essences.
Metaphysics as Creativity 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. E. Coreth, Metaphysik. Eine Methodish-Systematische Grundlegung (Innsbruck, 1961); K. B. , ed. E. J. (Herder and Herder, 1967), pp. B. Lotz, Das Urteil und das Sein, Eine Grundlegund der Metaphysik (Pullach bei Munchen, 1957). Lonergan, Insight, pp. 657–677. ” I deny that there is any “idea” of being in the sense of actual existence; any other “idea of being” would be irrelevant to metaphysics in my understanding of the discipline.
Being and Knowing: Reflections of a Thomist by Frederick D. Wilhelmsen