This course introduces a metaphysical vision of corporeal beings. It emphasizes the perennial notions of philosophy of nature. We explain the process of change in mobile beings using concepts of act and potency. Next it studies the notions of substance and accidents. Lastly, we examine the notions of form and matter and the substantial synthesis.
L. Elders, The Philosophy of Nature of St. Thomas Aquinas, Frankfurt: P. Lang, 1997; D. McInerny, The Philosophy of Nature, Lincoln: The Alquin Press, 2001; Thomas de Aquino, Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics, (In VIII libros Physicorum Expositio), translated by R. J. Blackwell, Notre Dame Indiana: Dumb Ox Books, 1999; Idem, The Principles of Nature to Brother Sylvester, (De principiis naturae ad fratem Sylvestrum), translated by R. A. Kocourek in An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nature, St. Paul: North Central Publishing, 1948.