Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, Volume 4$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert Pasnau

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786368.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 02 December 2021

Reconstructing Aquinas’s World

Reconstructing Aquinas’s World

Themes from Brower

(p.184) Reconstructing Aquinas’s World
Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, Volume 4

Thomas M. Ward

Oxford University Press

This article focuses on some topics in Jeffrey Brower’s recent and excellent book, Aquinas’s Ontology of the Material World: Change, Hylomorphism, and Material Objects. Part of Brower’s goal for the book is to reconstruct Aquinas’s views. I offer some reflections on Brower’s use of this metaphor of reconstruction, before considering four topics in some detail. These are: 1. Brower’s discussion of the relation between Aristotle’s Ten Categories and the not-obviously-connected four-fold division of being into substance, form, prime matter, and accidental unity. 2. Brower’s interpretation of prime matter as “non-individual stuff.” 3. Brower’s account of numerical sameness without identity along with some discussion of how this is supposed to be useful for solving a particular puzzle about accidental change. 4. I’ll close with some reflections on Brower’s somewhat novel solution to a longstanding problem with Aquinas’s metaphysics of the afterlife.

Keywords:   Aquinas, hylomorphism, metaphysics, being, Categories, change, afterlife, Jeffrey Brower

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .