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The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas AquinasEssays in Thomistic Philosophy, New and Old$
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W. Norris Clarke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229284

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229284.001.0001

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The Integration of Personalism and Thomistic Metaphysics in Twenty-First-Century Thomism

The Integration of Personalism and Thomistic Metaphysics in Twenty-First-Century Thomism

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(p.226) Chapter 16 The Integration of Personalism and Thomistic Metaphysics in Twenty-First-Century Thomism
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The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas
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W. Norris Clarke, SJ

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823229284.003.0016

This chapter discusses the integration of personalism and metaphysics in twentieth century Thomism. There are several steps to unveiling the personalist dimension. The first step is to discover what it means to belong to a community of real existents. The second step involves the basic qualification for any member, which is to present itself to this community by its characteristic actions. The third step, for Saint Thomas, is to acknowledge that every real being is by nature active. Lastly, the whole order of real beings must by nature be dyadic, a giving-receiving whole.

Keywords:   personalism, Thomistic metaphysics, Saint Thomas, giving-receiving, Thomism, personalist

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