Maritain and Aquinas on Our Discovery of Being

Studia Gilsoniana. 2014;3:415-443


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Journal Title: Studia Gilsoniana

ISSN: 2300-0066 (Print); 2577-0314 (Online)

Publisher: International Étienne Gilson Society

Society/Institution: International Étienne Gilson Society Address: Holy Apostles College & Seminary 33 Prospect Hill Road, Cromwell, CT 06416-2027, USA E-mail: [email protected]

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Speculative philosophy: Metaphysics

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: Polish, Spanish; Castilian, French, English

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John F. Wippel (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., USA)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 26 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The author presents and compares Maritain’s and Aquinas’s accounts of our discovery (1) of being as existing; and (2) of being as being (ens inquantum ens or the subject of metaphysics). He finds that especially in his final discussion of how one discovers being as being, Maritain’s account suffers greatly from the absence of any appeal to Aquinas’s negative judgment of separation and also from the omission of reference to the role of judgments of existence in one’s discovery of a premetaphysical notion of being. Wippel finds no evidence in Aquinas’s texts for Maritain’s defense of an intuition of being or of existence.