Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas

Pseudo-Dionysius and the Metaphysics of Aquinas

Paperback - 2005
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"This is one of the two or three most important books on Aquinas published in the last fifty years." -- Alasdair MacIntyre, University of Notre Dame

Although Pseudo-Dionysius was, after Aristotle, the author whom Thomas Aquinas quoted most frequently, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role of this Neoplatonist thinker in the formation of Aquinas' philosophy. Fran O'Rourke's book is the only available work that investigates the pervasive influence of Pseudo-Dionysius on Aquinas, while at the same time examining the latter's profound originality. Central themes discussed by O'Rourke include knowledge of the absolute, existence as the first and most universal perfection, the diffusion of creation, the hierarchy of creatures, and their return to God as final end. O'Rourke devotes special attention to the Neoplatonist element in Aquinas' notion of "being" as intensity or degree of perfection. He also considers the relation of being and goodness in light of Aquinas' nuanced reversal of Dionysius' theory of the primacy of the good, and Aquinas' arguments for the transcendental nature of goodness.
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, 2005.
Edition: First pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780268037246
0268037248
Characteristics: xviii, 300 pages ;,23 cm.

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