Category Archives: Being and beings

Berkeley and Aquinas on Matter and Epistemological Realism

Does matter exist? Bishop Berkeley famously said, No, a thesis which has earned him a reputation as a brilliant crank (emphasis on “crank”). Here’s his argument: Wood, stones, fire, water, flesh, iron, and the like things, which I name and … Continue reading

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Specifying the object of divine attributes

Augustine puzzles at length over a difficult question: if, as 1 Cor. 1.24 says, “Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God,” then how are we to predicate wisdom and power of the Father? Is he wise … Continue reading

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The unchanging relatively changed

“Nummus autem cum dicitur pretium, relative dicitur, nec tamen mutatus est cum esse coepti pretium; neque cum dicitur pignus, et si qua sunt similia…quanto facilius de illa incommutabili Dei substantia debemus accipere, ut ita dicatur relative aliquid ad creaturam.” “But … Continue reading

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Substance and Persons

“C’est pourquoi nous posons en principe que tout ce qui se dit de la nature, s’affirme de la substance même de Dieu, et que tout ce qui se dit des relations, ne tombe que sur la personne, et non sur … Continue reading

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Substance, Accident, Relation

Typically, we think of two modes of predication regarding being: X might be predicated of Y as to substance, or as to accident. Augustine revises this formulation: “Mais en Dieu il n’y a rien d’accidentel, parce qu’il est souverainement immuable, … Continue reading

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Creatures as pure accident

” Sans doute, quand il s’agit des créature muables et changeantes, ce qui ne se dit pas de la substance, se dit de l’accident, car en elles tout est accidentel, la grandeur et les autres qualités, puisque ces qualités sont susceptibles … Continue reading

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Hart on creation sounds like Jenson

I think of these two as engaged in a monumental struggle over the mechanics of the Trinity, but on the ground, they sound remarkably alike. Take Hart on creation: “Creation is thus without foundations; it attends God, possessing no essence … Continue reading

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