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

In his sixth-century paintings generally called the De hebdomadibus, Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the query of ways created issues or components might be stable simply as they are--that is, solid simply by existing--without being almost like the resource of all goodness, God, who's understood to be Goodness Itself. In his remark written within the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas units out to give an explanation for the matter Boethius is treating in addition to to clarify Boethius's resolution. In doing so, despite the fact that, the Angelic health care provider indicates a extra built research of goodness, according to his personal metaphysical standpoint.

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TD, p. 84 (PL 64 1209 C); see Stump’s note 41 on p. 147. For Aristotle on definition, see Topics 101b38; 139a28–29; Stump, p. 238. See also p. ” 89. ” TD, p. 64 (PL 64 1196C). See Stump’s note 10, p. 129. lii I N T RODUC T I O N sesses an act of being equivalent to goodness, and this allowed for Aquinas’s very real advance. Still, we hold that Aquinas attributed to Boethius, to the largest extent possible, his, Aquinas’s, own views. Today an exegete would strive not to “read into” another author one’s own views.

As has been seen, for Aquinas goodness is being, esse. How large is the step between the view that the creating or making-to-be of something is the conferral of goodness, and that esse is goodness? In one sense, not large. l,” PL 64 1187A–1187C; Boethius’s De topicis differentiis, tr. Eleonore Stump (Ithaca and London: 1978, hereafter TD), pp. 49–50. 88. TD, p. 84 (PL 64 1209 C); see Stump’s note 41 on p. 147. For Aristotle on definition, see Topics 101b38; 139a28–29; Stump, p. 238. See also p.

In accord with the text tradition, Roman numerals are used to number the axioms, but an Arabic numeral identifies them in accord with the two corrections noted above. This entails dropping Roman numeral “I” since, in the received text, that number wrongly identified as the first axiom the paragraph in which Boethius first defined and then divided axioms in general. ” The translation of the axioms is literal and terms easily mistaken, or the object of controversy, are given in Latin in parentheses as well as in translation.

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