Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Existence of God

The Collected Papers of Joseph Owens

By Joseph Owens
Edited by John R. Catan

Subjects: Religion
Paperback : 9780873954464, 304 pages, June 1980
Hardcover : 9780873954013, 304 pages, June 1980

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Table of contents

Editor's Preface

Aquinas as Aristotelian Commentator

Aquinas on Knowing Existence

Judgment and Truth

The Accidental and Essential Character of Being in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas

Diversity and Community of Being in St. Thomas Aquinas

Aquinas and the Five Ways

The Conclusion of the Prima Via

The Starting Point of the Prima Via

Actuality in the Prima Via of St. Thomas

Immobility and Existence for Aquinas

Aquinas on Infinite Regress

Selected Bibliography of Joseph Owens


This book puts before the reader a succinct and philosophically valid interpretation of St. Thomas Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God by a modern, historically grounded interpreter of his thought. Father Joseph Owens is well known for the exacting care with which he prepares his articles and the solid scholarly apparatus with which he supports them. His knowledge of Greek, Latin, Aristotelian, as well as the Thomistic corpus is profound, and he is conversant with the various interpretative traditions within Aristotelianism and Thomism in ancient, medieval, and modern times in their appropriate languages. This volume will challenge the reader, yet it includes everything to help comprehend the position of St. Thomas Aquinas on this central issue.

Joseph Owens is Professor of Classics and Theology at the University of Toronto. John R. Catan is Professor of Philosophy at State University of New York, College at Brockport.