By Thomas Aquinas, Richard C. Taylor
The ebook of Causes, hugely influential within the medieval collage, used to be as a rule yet incorrectly understood to be the finishing touch of Aristotle's metaphysics. It was once Thomas Aquinas who first judged it to were abstracted from Proclus's Elements of Theology, possibly through an unknown Arabic writer, who additional to it rules of his own.
The publication of Causes is of specific curiosity simply because subject matters that seem in it are echoed within the metaphysics of Aquinas: its remedy of being (esse) as continuing from the 1st growing reason; the triadic scheme of being, dwelling, and figuring out; and the final scheme of participation within which "all is in all." hence, the Book of Causes presents a old backdrop for figuring out and appreciating Aquinas's improvement of those subject matters in his metaphysics.
Thomas's Commentary at the e-book of Causes, composed through the first 1/2 1272, is a unique philosophical paintings in its personal correct. It offers a longer view of his method of Neoplatonic idea and services as a advisor to his metaphysics. notwithstanding lengthy missed and, in the past, by no means translated into English, it merits an equivalent position along his commentaries on Aristotle and Boethius.
In addition to the broad annotation, bibliography, and thorough creation, this translation is followed via worthwhile appendices. the 1st presents a translation of one other model of proposition 29 of the Book of Causes, which was once now not recognized to St. Thomas. the second one lists citations of the Book of Causes present in the works of St. Thomas and cross-references those to an inventory displaying the works, and the precise position inside of them, the place the citations may be found.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS:
The past due Vincent A. Guagliardo, O.P., was once professor of philosophy on the Dominican college of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. Charles R. Hess, O.P., is an accessory lecturer in ecclesiastical Latin on the Dominican university. Richard C. Taylor is affiliate professor of philosophy at Marquette collage. His quarter of forte is historical and medieval philosophy.