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By Fran O'Rourke

"This is among the or 3 most crucial books on Aquinas released within the final fifty years." —Alasdair MacIntyre, college of Notre Dame

even if Pseudo-Dionysius used to be, after Aristotle, the writer whom Thomas Aquinas quoted most often, strangely little recognition has been paid to the function of this Neoplatonist philosopher within the formation of Aquinas' philosophy. Fran O'Rourke's booklet is the single on hand paintings that investigates the pervasive impact of Pseudo-Dionysius on Aquinas, whereas whilst studying the latter's profound originality. valuable topics mentioned through O'Rourke comprise wisdom of absolutely the, life because the first and so much common perfection, the diffusion of construction, the hierarchy of creatures, and their go back to God as ultimate finish. O'Rourke devotes designated awareness to the Neoplatonist point in Aquinas' suggestion of "being" as depth or measure of perfection. He additionally considers the relation of being and goodness in mild of Aquinas' nuanced reversal of Dionysius' conception of the primacy of the great, and Aquinas' arguments for the transcendental nature of goodness.

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