Archive for the ‘Thomistica’ Category
Found a new blog (new to me, that is) by Thomist philosopher Edward Feser. Turns out he works in the area; I might have to look him up.
I’ve posted an (extremely brief) review of Jacques Maritain’s Introduction to Philosophy over at my other blog.
Taylor Marshall has posted an interesting survey of doctrines of the soul and how and when it joins the human body. It’s useful to remember that while St. Thomas is the Angelic Doctor and worthy of study, there are things the Church understands better now than in his day.
Well, no. But a thomist has a neat (and detailed) discussion of the topic over at Just Thomism; it’s a response to someone who raised the topic.
I am a primary substance, and so are you. “Man” is a secondary substance. Man o’War was a primary substance; “Horse” is a secondary substance. “Man” and “Horse” are also species.
I’ve been pondering this for a while now, trying to figure out why secondary substances are called substances, and I think I’ve got it. When I apprehend a particular man, someone I see on the street, for example, my intellect apprehends him as a universal, “Man”. Thus, the primary substance, this man on the street, form my intellect as the secondary substance “Man”.
So primary and secondary substances are very naturally related. A secondary substance is a primary substance as apprehended.
I also have a conjecture about how these terms got their names. I’m betting that somewhere St. Thomas, or possibly Aristotle, says something like, “The word substance is used in two senses. The primary sense is thus and so, and the secondary sense is thus and so.” He might even note that this man in the street is prior to this species, “Man”, which is why the primary is first and the secondary is second.
Phil has begun posting, bit by bit, a translation of Fr. Alain Contat’s Logica at a blog called Analytics Free for All. This is a fairly recent book, written originally in Italian, on Aristotelian/Thomistic logic. Fr. Contat is a Thomist philosopher and Swiss diocesan priest. I’ll be reading along; and if all of this stuff is new to you, as it is to me, you might enjoy it as well!
Jeff Vehige has posted a list of the books about St. Thomas that he has found most helpful. Interestingly, I’d only heard of one of them, Chesterton’s St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox. I won’t steal his thunder; go take a look.