Participation: Aquinas and His Neoplatonic Sources

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    This essay treats of the (Neo)platonic influences in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, in particular the notion of participation. It describes Aquinas’ doctrine of participation in being as developed from his principal Neoplatonic sources, to wit, Boethius’ De hebdomadibus, Dionysius’ De divinis nominibus, and the Liber de causis. It argues that the doctrine of creation in terms of participation the Christian conditions of creation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChristian Platonism
    Subtitle of host publicationA History
    EditorsAlexander J.B. Hampton, John Peter Kenney
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9781108590341
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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