[FE 1088]  Metaphysics I

Semester I
wednesday 09:30 - 10:15
friday 08:30 - 10:15

Course Information

Professor: HOLTZ, Dominic
Email: holtz@pust.it
Language: English

ECTS: 5
Schedule:
Semester I
wednesday 09:30 - 10:15
friday 08:30 - 10:15

Content

This course will examine metaphysics from within the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition. To explore just what metaphysics is, we will engage Aristotle’s texts along with St. Thomas’ commentaries on them. In the first semester, we will begin with Aristotle’s Categories. We will then consider Thomas’ s introduction to his commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, as well as the several books of the Metaphysics itself, namely Books Alpha, Alpha elasson, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, and Theta. We will consider first philosophy as wisdom and as a science, Aristotle’s critiques of other philosophers, the knowledge of the truth, causal explanations, aporiæ and doubt, and axioms, as well as fundamental concerns such as substance, essence, potency, and act.

Bibliography

ARISTOTLE, Categories and De Interpretatione, ed. by John Lloyd Ackrill, Clarendon Press, 2002; The Metaphysics, transl. by Hugh Lawson-Tancred, Penguin Classics, 1999; EDWARD FESER, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Editiones scholasticae, 2014; THOMAS AQUINAS, Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics, Dumb Ox Books (St. Augustine's Press), 1995; On Being and Essence, in Selected Writings, ed. and trans. by Ralph McInerny, Penguin Books, 1998; MICHAEL W. WEDIN, Aristotle's Theory of Substance: The Categories and Metaphysics Zeta, Oxford University Press, 2000; JOHN F. WIPPEL, The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas: From Finite Being to Uncreated Being, Catholic University of America Press, 2000.