Chapter

System: A New Category of Being?

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229284.003.0004
System: A New Category of Being?

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This chapter addresses the basic problem of how to do justice to the reality of system and order as a single immanent unity in many substances at once. No Aristotelian or Thomistic type of accident could fit the bill because the latter are always multiplied by their multiple foundations. The chapter concludes that the basic categories of being would be expanded to three: substance, individual accident, and system.

Keywords: system; Aristotelian accident; Thomistic accident; substance; individual accident

Chapter.  3749 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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