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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