Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia

2015.09.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gaven Kerr, OP, Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia, Oxford University Press, 2015, 205pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.09.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gaven Kerr, OP, Aquinas's Way to God: The Proof in De Ente et Essentia, Oxford University Press, 2015, 205pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190224806. Reviewed by Caleb Cohoe, Metropolitan State University of Denver The famous five ways of the Summa Theologiae offer Thomas Aquinas's distillation of the most convincing arguments for God's existence. However, these arguments crucially rely on his metaphysical framework, which the ways themselves do not explicate or defend. Thus, in reading the five ways, we face an illusion of understanding. Those unfamiliar with Aquinas's medieval metaphysics often misinterpret his reasoning. This is what makes De Ente et Essentia (De Ente) so useful. Gaven Kerr points out that De Ente presents the metaphysical principles on which Aquinas's philosophy rests in a concise but clear way. Aquinas's proof of God in the De Ente shows what is distinctive about his approach to God. Kerr's. . .

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