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Friday, July 18, 2014

0361: Aristotle and Actus Essendi (I)



Entry 0361: Aristotle and Actus Essendi (I)




Professor John F.X. Knasas affirms that Aquinas attributed to Aristotle the notion of actus essendi. Thus Knasas writes:

“As far as I can tell and despite Aquinas’ protestations to the contrary, the historical Aristotle possesses no knowledge of the metaphysical principle of esse, actus essendi. [Footnote:] See [Knasas’s] ‘Aquinas’s Ascriptions of Creation to Aristotle,’ Angelicum 73 (1996): 487-506.”

The statement appears in John F.X. Knasas, Being and Some Twentieth-Century Thomists, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2003), 184.