- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 1972 edition (July 31, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 902471303X
- ISBN-13: 978-9024713035
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
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Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence: St. Thomas Aquinas on: "The Per Accidens Necessarily Implies the Per Se" 1972nd Edition
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In Part 1 of the book Bonnette takes it upon himself to show that the principle is true in a number of contexts.
In chapter 1 he explains why if you have an accident (the per accidens) you must have a substance (the per se).
In chapter 2 he examines change. He notes that, in the context of a change, the preceding form (the per accidens) requires a succeeding form (the per se). He also notes that something must exist one way before the change and one way after the change. This something is matter in the case of accidental change and prime matter in the case of substantial change. Matter or prime matter is the per se principle in change.
Chapter 3 covers knowledge. Bonnette begins by explaining why a per accidens sensible object requires a per se sensible object. He then looks at intellectual knowledge and the three acts of the mind (apprehension of forms, judgment, logic). He explains why per accidens forms can only be understood in relation to being (the per se), why per accidens judgments rely on the principle of non-contradiction (the per se), and why per accidens propositions can only be known through the logical analysis of per se propositions.
Part 2 of the book examines how the principle the per accidens necessarily implies the per se functions in Aquinas’ proofs for God’s existence. This part has its own introduction and the chapter numbers start over at one.
The introduction looks at existence in an absolute sense.Read more ›