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Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence: St. Thomas Aquinas on: "The Per Accidens Necessarily Implies the Per Se" Paperback – July 31, 1973

ISBN-13: 978-9024713035 ISBN-10: 902471303X Edition: 1973rd

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1973 edition (July 31, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 902471303X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9024713035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,981,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Dennis Bonnette was a Full Professor of Philosophy at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, until his retirement in 2003. He was also Chairman of the Philosophy Department there from 1992 to 2002. He lives in Youngstown, New York, with his wife, Lois. They have seven adult children and twenty-two grandchildren. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1970. He taught philosophy at the college level for 40 years, and is now teaching free courses at the Aquinas School of Philosophy in Lewiston, New York. Dr. Bonnette has written one earlier book, "Aquinas' Proofs for God's Existence," and many scholarly articles.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Villnave on January 28, 2000
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I read a lot of this book while researching a paper I was writing. If you are researching the 5 ways, this is a must read. It is well written and understandable, and the points the book makes are clear and precise.
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In this book Dennis Bonnette investigates the legitimacy of Aquinas’ principle (the per accidens necessarily implies the per se) and how it functions in Aquinas’ proofs for God’s existence. In particular, Bonnette examines how it is the key to the solution to the problem of infinite regress.

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.
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