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The One and the Many: A Contemporary Thomistic Metaphysics, ISBN-13: 978-0268037079



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ University of Notre Dame Press; 1st edition (January 31, 2001)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 336 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0268037078
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0268037079


“Both students and teacher will benefit from a highly readable account of major themes in Aquinas’ metaphysics. The material is presented in a way accessible to those unfamiliar with the formidable Aristotelian apparatus usually presumed in textbook presentations of Aquinas. Clarke divides his book into short, easily digestible chapters.” ―Theological Studies

“This is the book that many of us have long been waiting for: the systematic exposition of the Thomistically inspired but creative metaphysical system of one of the foremost philosophers in the Thomistic tradition. The work is not a recapitulation of standard Thomistic metaphysics so much as a re-creation, on Thomistic principles, of a contemporary metaphysical view that pushes Thomas’ principles to new developments and applications. Clarke stresses participation in the act of existence, substance as dynamic, system as a new metaphysical category, philosophic ramifications of evolution and relativity, and the great circle of being embodied in the universe. The book is well suited to both as a text in a course in metaphysics and as an historically conscious source of insights for the professional philosopher.” (James W. Felt, S.J., John Nobili Professor of Philosophy, Santa Clara University)

About the Author

W. Norris Clarke, S.J., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and is the author of, among other books, Explorations in Metaphysics (Notre Dame Press, 1994).


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