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The Metaphysics of Creation: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles II

Norman Kretzmann


The Metaphysics of Creation is a continuation of the project begun in The Metaphysics of Theism, moving the focus to the second book of Aquinas's Summa contra gentiles. Building upon his account of God's existence and nature, Aquinas argues that the existence of things other than God must be explained by divine creation out of nothing. Arguments follow to identify God's motivation for creating, to defend the possibility of a beginningless universe, and to explain the origin of species. Aquinas focuses exclusively on creatures with intellects, with the result that more than half of ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, Aristotle, cosmology, creation, Genesis, God, Norman Kretzmann, metaphysics, natural theology, origin of species, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, soul, Summa contra gentiles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Kretzmann, author
(deceased) formerly Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Cornell University, New York