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By Thomas Aquinas, Janice L. Schultz, Edward A. Synan

In his sixth-century paintings generally called the De hebdomadibus, Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the query of the way created issues or ingredients may be reliable simply as they are--that is, sturdy simply by existing--without being almost like the resource of all goodness, God, who's understood to be Goodness Itself. In his statement written within the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas units out to give an explanation for the matter Boethius is treating in addition to to clarify Boethius's resolution. In doing so, notwithstanding, the Angelic health care provider indicates a extra constructed research of goodness, in response to his personal metaphysical point of view.

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An Exposition of the 'On the Hebdomads' of Boethius

In his sixth-century paintings generally called the De hebdomadibus, Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the query of the way created issues or ingredients could be solid simply as they are--that is, reliable simply by existing--without being almost like the resource of all goodness, God, who's understood to be Goodness Itself.

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270, l. 2. 54. 17, ed. , p. 104, ll. 1–3. 55. l. ipsum esse est perfectissimum omnium: comparatur enim ad omnia ut actus. 2 ad 3. I N T RODUC T I O N xxxix As will be seen, for Aquinas being (esse) and goodness are the same in reality, differing only in concept. Aquinas’s doctrine of being thus enables him to locate the goodness of the creature in its very act of being and, as we shall explain, provides a most satisfactory solution to the problem posed by Boethius in the De hebdomadibus. If Boethius had entertained this same notion of esse, including this understanding of its relation to goodness, his answer would almost certainly be identical with that of Aquinas.

Exsistere) unless willed by the First Good. l. esse ex forma est” (De trin. 2, ll. 17–21). True, we shall argue that the esse of which God is the source 61. In The Theological Tractates, ll. 27–57. 62. l. ”: see De trin. 2, ll. 31–37. I N T RODUC T I O N xliii and which comes from form is the embodied essence of creatures. But even if in the context of the quotation esse means nothing but the actual being of things, their actually being out there, in the world, that does not entail the conclusion that Boethius proposes esse as a distinct metaphysical principle.

L. l. every definition unfolds what the thing that it defines is. l. l. ”87 Clearly 83. A11–13. 84. A145–160 Aquinas says that a creature is absolutely good insofar as it is complete in esse and operation, but goodness absolutely speaking does not belong to creatures according to their essential “to be,” secundum ipsum esse essenciale eorum. The implication is that the other type of goodness, goodness in the relative sense, does belong according to this kind of essential or substantial being. 85.

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