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Aquinas on the Divine Ideas as Exemplar Causes [Hardcover]

By Gregory T. Doolan (Author)
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Doolan offers a detailed consideration of the divine ideas as causal principles, examining Aquinas' doctrine of the divine ideas and arguing that this is an essential part of his metaphysics.

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Studio: Catholic University of America Press
Pages   277
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 17, 2008
Publisher   Catholic University of America Press
ISBN  0813215234  
ISBN13  9780813215235  

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More About Gregory T. Doolan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Professor Gregory T. Doolan holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. He currently teaches as an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America in the School of Philosophy and the Medieval & Byzantine Studies Program where he specializes in St. Thomas Aquinas\' metaphysics. He is author of Aquinas on the Divine Ideas as Exemplar Causes (Catholic University of America Press, 2008), and recently edited The Science of Being as Being: Metaphysical Investigations (CUA Press, 2011). His writings are published in International Philosophical Quarterly, The Thomist, and Review of Metaphysics. He is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the American Maritain Association.

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Very good but expensive.  Sep 27, 2008
If you want to know how one can combine both Aristotle's hylomorphism and Plato's ideas at the same time, this book will explain Thomas Aquinas's incredible solution to the problem.

There are lots of interesting aspects about Thomas's theory of divine ideas in this book. For example, every individual has a divine idea corresponding to his essence and every individual perfectly imitates that divine idea. So for instance, there is a divine idea of Socrates and Socrates cannot be any more or less like the divine idea of Socrates, for then Socrates would be more or less like Socrates. Thus each person has an "ontological dignity," since we are exactly the way God intended us to be. We are of course a deficient likeness of God's nature, but not of his divine idea of us.

Doolan also makes a persuasive and defensible argument that Thomas's doctrine of divine ideas is philosophical and not theological. I suspect this will be a controversial point for many readers.

Another interesting and important aspect of this book is Doolan's claim that a being never participates in its divine idea. Manny scholars seem to have assumed that beings do in fact participate in their divine ideas, but Doolan has very persuasively argued that they don't.

This is a well written and well researched book. I found it fascinating. I had no idea how Platonic, in a sense, Thomas truly was.

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