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By Thomas Aquinas, Janice L. Schultz, Edward A. Synan

ISBN-10: 0813209943

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In his sixth-century paintings generally called the De hebdomadibus, Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the query of ways created issues or ingredients might be reliable simply as they are--that is, reliable simply by existing--without being kind of like the resource of all goodness, God, who's understood to be Goodness Itself. In his observation written within the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas units out to provide an explanation for the matter Boethius is treating in addition to to clarify Boethius's answer. In doing so, although, the Angelic medical professional indicates a extra constructed research of goodness, in accordance with his personal metaphysical viewpoint.

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Again, Boethius’s claim in the De trinitate that forms cannot be substrates is parallel to axiom 2 (III), which says that what is (quod est) can participate in something, but being itself (ipsum esse) in no way participates,66 and axiom 3 (IV) in which Boethius holds that esse has (habet) nothing outside itself as an admixture. In the De trinitate Boethius denotes the “forms” that are in bodies as not, strictly speaking, forms, but rather as “images” (imagines) of the genuine forms. From these forms which are outside matter, he says, have come those forms which are in matter and produce a body (De trin.

L. ” De trin. 2, ll. 48–56 in The Theological Tractates. I N T RODUC T I O N xli shall contrast with Aquinas’s solution the overall solution Boethius gives to the dilemma that he poses. Comments on Aquinas’s attributing to Boethius a meaning not held by him will close our discussion of esse in Boethius. One of the most striking examples of Boethius’s use of a term to signify different things concerns the term id quod est. ”57 In the De trinitate Boethius says that since God is pure form, not form and matter, He is what He is, id quod est.

But then Boethius goes on to associate being substantially good with being nothing but good, with being Goodness Itself, something he must deny of creatures. , good by substance—and good by nature in that they tend to the good. So “to be good by substance,” or “to be substantially good,” seems to have two possible meanings: “to be Goodness Itself,” which can be said only of God, and “to be good insofar as a thing is,” which is affirmed also of creatures. But how can this be? How can a creature be substantially good and not be Goodness Itself?

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