[FE 2155]  BAC. 2nd yr Metaphysical Theology – 24.25

Semester II
monday 10:30 - 12:15
wednesday 09:30 - 10:15

Course Information

Professor: MCCAFFERY, Patrick
Email: xw [email protected]

Language: English

Semester II
monday 10:30 - 12:15
wednesday 09:30 - 10:15


In this course, we will explore the foundations of Aquinas’s metaphysical theology.1 Particular attention will be paid to the existential proof for God’s existence (as it is found in De ente et essentia) and what the proof means for divine simplicity and for God’s attributes and names. In addition, we will consider some of the more robust and recent philosophical objections, not only to Aquinas’s own account, but to the activity of metaphysical/natural theology itself. Students by term’s end will have acquired a thorough grasp of Aquinas’s metaphysics of God, its place in relevant philosophical debates, and its utmost importance to the practice of sound theology. In addition to class lectures, there will be a short paper (in two, peer-reviewed drafts) and a final oral exam.


vi. Aquinas: Selected Philosophical Writings, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0199540276.
vii. The God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers, by Eleonore Stump; ISBN: 0874621895.
viii. Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology, by Thomas Joseph White; ISBN: 1932589775.
ix. Aquinas’s Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia, by Gaven Kerr; ISBN: 9780190224806.
x. The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas: From Finite Being to Uncreated Being, by John F. Wippel; ISBN: 0813209838.