Woznicki, Andrew N.
Being and Order
The Metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas in Historical Perspective
Year of Publication: 1990
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. XIV, 311 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-0919-1 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.580 kg, 1.279 lbs
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The concepts of being and order are the basic notions in all and every philosophical reflection and investigation into reality. The intention of this study is to examine the mutual relationships between order and being as found in the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, but against the background of the age-old dispute regarding the unity and plurality of being(s) as initiated by Heraclitus and Parmenides, and developped by Plato and Aristotle, Duns Scotus and Ockham, Descartes and some contemporary metaphysicians, e.g. Heidegger and Whitehead. Being and Order is the first volume of the series «Catholic Thought from Lublin».
«Woznicki announces that being and order are so inextricably interrelated that it is absolutely impossible to understand one without the other. With thorough scholarship and impressive depth, Woznicki backs up his claim. ... Not only does Woznicki probe profoundly into St. Thomas's metaphysics but he shows with an enviable clarity what is metaphysically lacking in philosophies as diverse as those of Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, Descartes, Kant, and Whitehead. ... Woznicki's detailed and dazzling exploration of order calls attention not only to the mystery of being but also to the magnificent marriage between being and the human mind that makes metaphysics meaningful. ... Father Woznicki has produced a fine work...» (Robert E. Lauder, The Thomist)
«... we have here an impressive and illuminating presentation of the metaphysics of St. Thomas.» (Fr. Alfred Wilder, O.P., Angelicum)
Catholic Thought from Lublin. Vol. 1
General Editor: Prof. Andrew N. Woznicki