Aquinas on One and Many

2015.12.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Svoboda, Aquinas on One and Many, Editiones Scholasticae, 2015, 156pp., $67.95 (hbk), ISBN 9783868385632. Reviewed by
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2015.12.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Svoboda, Aquinas on One and Many, Editiones Scholasticae, 2015, 156pp., $67.95 (hbk), ISBN 9783868385632. Reviewed by Shane Maxwell Wilkins, Fordham University Unity is a fundamental metaphysical concept. When I experience the mug sitting on my desk, I experience it as a whole, as a unit. But is the kind of unity that makes my mug one thing the same kind of unity that makes the concept of democracy one thing? If the two senses differ, how are they related? David Svoboda's book is the first monograph-length study of Aquinas's views on the nature of unity to appear in English. Svoboda has two aims, both exegetical. His primary thesis is that "Aquinas's multilayered and seemingly disconnected reflections on unity (and its negation, multiplicity) derive from a simple idea, which as an apex stone links them all in a single whole" (18). His first aim, in other words,... Read More

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