Suárez on Aristotelian Causality offers the first comprehensive account of Francisco Suárez’s position with respect to the four Aristotelian causes in his
Metaphysical Disputations. Suárez deals with these causes in the greater part of
Metaphysical Disputations 12–27 approximately a third of his famous work on metaphysics. Nevertheless, no previous attempt at analysis of causality as a part of his overall metaphysical position has been offered.
The material, formal, efficient and final cause as understood by Suárez each receives a chapter in this volume just as his general account of causality is considered. This should be relevant to anyone interested in the role and pertinence of Aristotelian causality for Suárez’s metaphysics.
Contributors (in order of appearance) are Jakob Leth Fink, Erik Åkerlund, Kara Richardson, Stephan Schmid and Sydney Penner.
Jakob Leth Fink, Ph.D. (2009) University of Copenhagen, holds a position as Research Fellow at the University of Gothenburg in the Representation and Reality in the Aristotelian Tradition Project. Editor of
The Development of Dialectic from Plato to Aristotle (Cambridge, 2012) and, with Heine Hansen and Ana María Mora-Márquez,
Logic and Language in the Middle Ages: A Volume in Honour of Sten Ebbesen (Leiden, 2013).
Table of contents
Note to the Reader vii
List of Contributors ix
Jakob L. Fink
1 Suárez on Aristotelian Causality 23
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2 Material Causality – Dissolving a Paradox: The Actuality of Prime Matter in Suárez 43
3 Formal Causality: Giving Being by Constituting and Completing 64
4 Efficient Causality: The Metaphysics of Production 84
5 Final Causality: Suárez on the Priority of Final Causation 121
Students and scholars of early modern and late scholastic metaphysics; students and scholars of Francisco Suárez (1548-1617).