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Christopher Stead

Print publication date: 1977

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.001.0001

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Aristotle and the Unity of God

Aristotle and the Unity of God

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(p.89) IV Aristotle and the Unity of God
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Divine Substance
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Christopher Stead

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.003.0004

This chapter examines the main features of Aristotle's principles of theology. It argues that it is possible to develop an Aristotelian doctrine of the substance of God along two distinct lines. In the first place, we can conceive God as a being who enjoys the highest and purest activity of intellectual life. In the second place, we must try to evaluate the very different conception which results if God is described as ‘pure being’ in the sense of ‘unqualified being’, ‘being-in-itself’, or ‘nothing but being’.

Keywords:   Aristotle, theology, Metaphysics, god

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