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Monday, October 17, 2011

0195: John F. Wippel on Actus Essendi (IV)

Entry 0195: Remarks by Professor John F. Wippel on the Originality of Aquinas’ Understanding of Actus Essendi

“Thomas views esse as the actuality of all acts and the perfection of all perfections, thereby introducing his understanding of it as intensive act or as the actus essendi.

“This, too, should be recognized as another important non-Aristotelian element of his [Aquinas'] metaphysics, and one which has been traced back to Dionysius and also to the Liber De Causis and to Proclus as likely influences.

“Nonetheless, Thomas's own understanding of this notion is original.” (1)

(1) John F. Wippel, Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas II (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007), 10.