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The Philosophy of Aquinas$
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Christopher Shields and Robert Pasnau

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199301232

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301232.001.0001

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Aquinas’s Metaphysical Framework

Aquinas’s Metaphysical Framework

Being and Essence

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(p.62) Chapter 3 Aquinas’s Metaphysical Framework
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The Philosophy of Aquinas
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Christopher Shields

Robert Pasnau

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301232.003.0003

Aquinas develops a distinctive account of the relation between being and essence, one which inspired controversy and comment in the centuries after his death. Relying on his basic essentialism, he also offered a detailed, nuanced, realist conception of human nature and of the role contingent beings play in a universe structured by a necessary being.

Keywords:   metaphysics, material beings, essence, identity, contingency, necessity

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