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Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia

Gaven Kerr


This book examines St Thomas Aquinas’s much-neglected proof for the existence of God in De Ente et Essentia, Chapter 4. It offers a contemporary presentation and interpretation of this proof as well as a defense. Beginning with the distinction between the key concepts of ‘essence’ and ‘esse’ in Aquinas’s thought, the book moves from an account of these metaphysical principles to their use by Aquinas in establishing that there is a single unique primary cause from which all that is comes to be. Along the way, important themes in metaphysics, such as essence, existence, causality, and causal inf ... More

Keywords: God, Aquinas, creation, metaphysics, essence, esse (existence)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190224806
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190224806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gaven Kerr, author
Queen's University Belfast