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Monday, April 28, 2014

0350: Saint Thomas’s Aristotle and Actus Essendi

Entry 0350: Saint Thomas’s Aristotle and Actus Essendi 

(Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the
American Catholic Philosophical Association,
Indianapolis, Indiana, 1 November 2013)

Abstract: Aquinas attributed to Aristotle a doctrine of creation without attributing to him the notion of actus essendi, which is central to Aquinas’s own metaphysics of creation. This article explores how Aquinas could hold such a view. Central to his account of Aristotle is the eternity of the world, which meant his Aristotle did not need to deal with the biblical concept of ex nihilo creation. Also, Aquinas understands the notion of causa essendi to be much wider than simply the cause of the actus essendi.