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By Mercedes Rubio

Thomas Aquinas wrote a textual content later referred to as Quaestio de attributis and ordered it inserted in an actual place of his statement at the Sentences of Peter Lombard greater than a decade after composing this paintings. Aquinas assigned extraordinary significance to this article, during which he confronts the talk at the factor of the divine attributes that swept an important centres of studying in thirteenth Century Europe and examines the solutions given to the matter via the representatives of the 4 mainstream faculties of his time: the Greek mystic Dionysius Areopagita, the Latin Saint Anselm of Canterbury, the Jewish rabbi Moses Maimonides and the Muslim thinker Ibn Sina. This in-depth learn of Thomas Aquinas Quaestio de attributis (In I Sent., d. 2, q. 1, a. three) binds jointly the findings of earlier study at the exact heritage of this article by way of reconstructing the old situations surrounding its composition, indicates that the Quaestio comprises Aquinas ultimate resolution to the dispute at the divine attributes, and punctiliously examines his interpretation of Maimonides place at the factor of the data of God through analysing this and different texts relating to it chronologically and doctrinally. The exam of the Quaestio unearths the heritage of Thomas Aquinas renewed curiosity in Maimonides place at the factor and brings to gentle parts of Aquinas interpretation which are absent from his past references to Maimonides. in addition, the chronological and doctrinal connection of the Quaestio de attributis to different Thomistic works with particular references to Maimonides permits a reconstruction of his complete method of Maimonides educating at the probability and volume of the data of God within the consultant of the puzzled and highlights where of Maimonides philosophical teachings in Thomas personal proposal in matters like 'Being' because the right identify of God, the multiplicity of the divine names, the beatific imaginative and prescient within the afterlife, the reasons that hinder the guideline of the multitude in divine concerns and the function of religion and prophecy within the acquisition of the real wisdom of God during this existence. The final bankruptcy examines the explanations at the back of Aquinas silencing of Maimonides identify whilst introducing his 5 methods for the information of the lifestyles of God, inspite of the obvious relation among those and Maimonides 4 Speculations. The learn is done with an in depth appendix that comes with the textual content of the Quaestio de attributis with an English translation and the severe variation of numerous chapters of the thirteenth Century Latin translation of the consultant of the confused often called Dux neutrorum.

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2: Whether the plurality of divine Persons is only the Trinity. a. 3: Whether the Trinity of Persons is a real one, or only in the intellect. These six articles are clearly an expansion of Aquinas’ four in the Parisian Commentary. Article 3 of the first question elaborates on the source of the multiplicity of the divine attributes and their presence in God. Aquinas had dealt with this issue in article 2 by simply asserting that each one is in God according to its innermost ratio (secundum sui verissimam rationem).

Both at the ontological and at the linguistic level the preference is to be given to God, as the origin of all perfections and of their names. 45 The first opinion is that of Maimonides, as Aquinas confirms ten years later when he inserts the new article with an explicit analysis of Maimonides’ position. In fact, in Guide I, 53 the latter rejects the position of those who acknowledge some kind of divine attributes different from the divine essence in order to explain the different notions of God.

A. 3: Whether that unity is compatible with a plurality of Persons. a. 4: If compatible, whether that plurality is a real one, or just in our intellect. Article 1 follows Dionysius Areopagita’s assertion that any multiplicity proceeds from a unity, describing the divine being as the origin and end of the whole creation. ”42 The unity of God and the creatures’ attraction towards Him according to their nature is a suppositum of Aquinas’ reflection on the issue of the human knowledge of God. The fact that faith also proposes these truths does not mean that they are above the reach of created intellects, it only confirms the natural data and eases the way.

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