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Analogia Entis

On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of Faith

Steven A. Long

Publication Year: 2011

Analogia Entis: On the Analogy of Being, Metaphysics, and the Act of Faith is an intellectually rigorous and systematic account of Thomas’s teaching regarding the analogy of being. Steven A. Long’s work stands in contradistinction to historical-doctrinal surveys and general introductions, retrieving by way of an interpretation of Aristotle and Aquinas the indispensable role that analogy of being plays for metaphysics and, consequently, for theology. In his later writings St. Thomas did not return to questions about the analogy of being that he had answered earlier in his career. This has led most historical-textual treatments of analogy in current scholarship to the mistaken conclusion that Thomas actually changed his answers to these questions. Scholars fail to see the continuity between his treatment in the Summa theologiae and his earlier De veritate. Long's study demonstrates the coherence of St. Thomas’s earlier and later analyses. It shows how Thomas’s later account in the Summa theologiae necessarily presupposes his earlier teaching.

Published by: University of Notre Dame Press


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pp. vii-ix

I should particularly like to thank John F. Boyle from the University of St. Thomas for the benefit of his comments and criticisms, for his unfailing jeweler’s eye with respect to speculative inquiry, and most of all for his friendship: who could ask for a more condignly Thomistic inspiration...

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pp. 1-11

The following work has been inspired by the conviction that a generation and more of historically nuanced and profound contemplation of the metaphysics and theology of Thomas Aquinas nonetheless has managed, in the density of the historical foliage, to mislay central doctrinal tenets of...

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Chapter One: First Principles and the Challenge of Parmenidean Monism

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pp. 13-37

It surely is beyond cavil that for both Aristotle and Thomas the principle of noncontradiction is radically first, for without it, no intelligible consideration is possible. But it is often not grasped that this principle is not primarily a logical, but rather—as Aristotle’s consideration of it in the Metaphysics would...

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Chapter Two: St. Thomas on Analogia Entis in the Scriptum super Sententiis and in De Veritate

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pp. 39-51

There are of course two famous loci at which Thomas articulates the analogy of being principally in terms of the analogy of proper proportionality, namely, the Scriptum super Sententiis and De veritate. In the latter work, the emphasis shifts to the way in which the analogy of proper proportionality...

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Chapter Three: Consideration of Objections to the View That the Analogia Entis Is the Analogy of Proper Proportionality

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pp. 53-95

The objections to the proposition that the analogia entis is correctly understood as analogy of proper proportionality according to the likeness of diverse rationes of act and potency—most centrally, according to diverse rationes of the actus essendi, the act of being, and essence as limiting...

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Chapter Four: The Analogy of Being and the Transcendence and Analogical Intelligibility of the Act of Faith

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pp. 97-106

If the act of faith and that which is materially comprised in it is to be intelligible, then true affirmative propositions must be formable about God. Likewise, if these propositions are to be true of God, then they must signify God as incomprehended and as exceeding the very terms of the true...

Appendix: A (Very) Few Words Regarding Metaphysics, Separatio, and Abstractio

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pp. 107-121


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pp. 123-146


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pp. 147-153

E-ISBN-13: 9780268085803
E-ISBN-10: 0268085803
Print-ISBN-13: 9780268034122
Print-ISBN-10: 0268034125

Page Count: 152
Illustrations: NA
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 794700752
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  • Analogy (Religion).
  • Metaphysics.
  • Analogy.
  • Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274.
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