Metaphysical Themes 2.0

More than twenty years ago Fr. John Wippel compiled his articles into the volume Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1984), which served as the go-to source in English for the main features of Thomas's metaphysical teaching until his later The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas: From Finite Being to Uncreated Being (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2000). Catholic University of America Press is now announcing that Fr Wippel has collected articles subsequent to those in his Metaphysical Themes I into a new volume, Metaphysical Themes in Thomas Aquinas II. The contents of the volume—officially published today— are as follows:

  1. The Possibility of a Christian Philosophy: A Thomistic Perspective
  2. The Latin Avicenna as a Source for Thomas Aquinas's Metaphysics
  3. Truth in Thomas Aquinas
  4. Thomas Aquinas and the Axiom: "What is Received is Received According to the Mode of the Receiver"
  5. Thomas Aquinas and the Axiom that Unreceived Act is Unlimited
  6. Thomas Aquinas on Our Knowledge of God and the Axiom that Every Agent Produces Something Like Itself
  7. Thomas Aquinas on Creatures as Causes of esse
  8. Thomas Aquinas on Demonstrating God's Omnipotence
  9. Thomas Aquinas on God's Freedom to Create or Not
  10. Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics
  11. Platonism and Aristotelianism in Aquinas

CUA Press has kindly provided a PDF file with further details about the book.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).