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 Post subject: Introduction to metaphysics
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:06 am 
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Can you recommend a good introduction to Thomistic metaphysics? It's for someone who is already somewhat acquainted with the concepts, but who still needs to sort out what exactly they mean. With the help of someone who writes comprehensibly.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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I just finished Dr. Peter Kreeft's A Shorter Summa. That might be a good place to start. Cheers!

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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I think the books by H D Gardeil are very good. It's a 4 volume series called The Philosophy of St. Thomas. Volume 1, on logic, is not available in English. But volumes 2-4 (cosmology, psychology, metaphysics) are. I don't know what languages your friend reads, of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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I have Gardeil electronically, btw, in the English, in a PDF.....if you are interested

There is also the "Introduction to the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas" http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Meta ... =8-1-spell

It has some nice selections, it is small. There is also "Metaphysics" by D.Q McIrnerny. I haven't read it myself, but what I have read from him seem to me to be adequate introductory material. There is the "Preambula Fidei" of course from Ralph McIrnerny, but that might be too narrow for what you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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Gherkin, in relation to the OP, what about any books from Dr. D.Q. McInerny?

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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I haven't read his work, but like PED, I've heard it's solid.

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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gherkin wrote:
I don't know what languages your friend reads, of course.

English and Dutch, so that shouldn't be a problem. (Unless reading Dutch is per se problematic...)

Pro Ecclesia Dei wrote:
I have Gardeil electronically, btw, in the English, in a PDF.....if you are interested

I would be interested.

Thanks for all your suggestions!

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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[quote="Stomachosus"]I have Gardeil electronically, btw, in the English, in a PDF.....if you are interested

I am interested in the first volume of Gardeil's set. I am a aspiring Lay Dominican and want to learn more about Thomism and of course philosophy.
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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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Necromancy and I see I missed Turgonian's request two years ago!

I actually only have 3 of 4 of the volumes in English...and the one I am missing is the 1st volume. The ones I have are Cosmology, Psychology and Metaphysics

I can post the Metaphysics...it is uploading now

I have the entirety of Gardeil in French, if you can read French?

Gilby's Barbara Celarent is a good place to start, you an find it online

I can give you some other options for logic, translated into English or written in English

John of St. Thomas- Outlines of Formal Logic (basically the subject of the Prior Analytics)
Simmons- The Scientific Art of Logic
Oesterle, the art of defining and reasoning


The only other electronic stuff I have are some (great) lectures from Dr. Duane Berquist, but that is good after you have read some of the material

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um, Google Drive is having a fit with it won't let me share....running it through ghostscript to shrink it...

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 Post subject: Re: Introduction to metaphysics
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Thanks for the upload.


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