By Mercedes Rubio
Thomas Aquinas wrote a textual content later often called Quaestio de attributis and ordered it inserted in an exact position of his statement at the Sentences of Peter Lombard greater than a decade after composing this paintings. Aquinas assigned unprecedented significance to this article, during which he confronts the talk at the factor of the divine attributes that swept an important centres of studying in thirteenth Century Europe and examines the solutions given to the matter by means of the representatives of the 4 mainstream colleges of his time: the Greek mystic Dionysius Areopagita, the Latin Saint Anselm of Canterbury, the Jewish rabbi Moses Maimonides and the Muslim thinker Ibn Sina. This in-depth research of Thomas Aquinas Quaestio de attributis (In I Sent., d. 2, q. 1, a. three) binds jointly the findings of earlier learn at the detailed historical past of this article through reconstructing the old situations surrounding its composition, exhibits that the Quaestio comprises Aquinas ultimate solution to the dispute at the divine attributes, and carefully examines his interpretation of Maimonides place at the factor of the data of God by way of analysing this and different texts concerning it chronologically and doctrinally. The exam of the Quaestio finds the heritage of Thomas Aquinas renewed curiosity in Maimonides place at the factor and brings to mild parts of Aquinas interpretation which are absent from his prior references to Maimonides. additionally, the chronological and doctrinal connection of the Quaestio de attributis to different Thomistic works with specific references to Maimonides allows a reconstruction of his accomplished method of Maimonides instructing at the probability and quantity of the information of God within the advisor of the puzzled and highlights where of Maimonides philosophical teachings in Thomas personal proposal in concerns like 'Being' because the right identify of God, the multiplicity of the divine names, the beatific imaginative and prescient within the afterlife, the motives that hinder the guideline of the multitude in divine concerns and the function of religion and prophecy within the acquisition of the real wisdom of God during this lifestyles. The final bankruptcy examines the explanations at the back of Aquinas silencing of Maimonides identify while introducing his 5 methods for the data of the lifestyles of God, even with the obtrusive relation among those and Maimonides 4 Speculations. The research is done with an intensive appendix that incorporates the textual content of the Quaestio de attributis with an English translation and the severe variation of a number of chapters of the thirteenth Century Latin translation of the consultant of the confused referred to as Dux neutrorum.
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Ibid. ad 1. 30 AQUINAS AND MAIMONIDES Article 2 focuses on the compatibility of a multiplicity of attributes with the unity of the divine essence. , as in their cause. , partial nonbeing, of the creature itself. The perfection as it is found in God, is in Him “in a most noble way and devoid of any imperfection” because God is the cause of the perfections found in creatures. Its multiplicity is real among creatures, and the same perfections are found in their most true meaning and nature in the divine essence.
I focus on the first three, which deal with the problem of the divine attributes and their multiplicity. Objection 1 in the list of accusations is taken from d. 2, q. 1, a. 2. Objections 2 and 3 target the doctrine contained in Tarantasia’s article 3. , d. 2, q. 1 Aquinas’ original distinction 2 begins the reflection on the nature of God, with the description, in article 1, of the divine DISPUTE ON THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES 29 essence as the unique origin of everything and a detailed explanation of the divine unity.
Wippel, “Thomas Aquinas and the Condemnation of 1277”, 239, and “The Condemnations of 1270 and 1277 at Paris”. Cf. also, Van Steenberghen, “Thomas Aquinas and Radical Aristotelianism”. 38 This belligerent atmosphere explains Aquinas’ pains in reviewing his own early writings, particularly the parts dealing with the most controversial issues. 39 Aquinas never endorsed this view, but it was important to find a formulation of that difficult issue that satisfied all the parties. While considering the issues under discussion, Aquinas would have reviewed his own Commentary to Book I of the Sentences.
Aquinas and Maimonides on the Possibility of the Knowledge of God: An Examination of The Quaestio de attributis (Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought) (Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy) by Mercedes Rubio