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The Integration of Personalism and Thomistic Metaphysics in Twenty-First-Century Thomism

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/9780823229284.003.0016
The Integration of Personalism and Thomistic Metaphysics in Twenty-First-Century Thomism

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This chapter discusses the integration of personalism and metaphysics in twentieth century Thomism. There are several steps to unveiling the personalist dimension. The first step is to discover what it means to belong to a community of real existents. The second step involves the basic qualification for any member, which is to present itself to this community by its characteristic actions. The third step, for Saint Thomas, is to acknowledge that every real being is by nature active. Lastly, the whole order of real beings must by nature be dyadic, a giving-receiving whole.

Keywords: personalism; Thomistic metaphysics; Saint Thomas; giving-receiving; Thomism; personalist

Chapter.  2185 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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