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This article presents a new interpretation and critique of some aspects of Aquinas’s metaphysics of relations, with special reference to a theological problem—the relation of God to creatures—that catalyzed Aquinas’s and much medieval thought on the ontology of relations. I will show that Aquinas’s ontologically reductive theory of categorical real relations should equip him to identify certain relations as real relations, which he actually identifies as relations of reason, most notably the relation of God to creatures.

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In John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism, Thomas M. Ward examines Scotus's arguments for his distinctive version of hylomorphism, the view that at least some material objects are composites of matter and form. It considers Scotus's reasons for adopting hylomorphism, and his accounts of how matter and form compose a substance, how extended parts, such as the organs of an organism, compose a substance, and how other sorts of things, such as the four chemical elements (earth, air, fire, and water) and all the things in the world, fail to compose a substance. It highlights the extent to which Scotus draws on his metaphysics of essential order to explain why some things can compose substance and why others cannot. Throughout the book, contemporary versions of hylomorphism are discussed in ways that both illumine Scotus's own views and suggest ways to advance contemporary debates.
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism
In: John Duns Scotus on Parts, Wholes, and Hylomorphism