Aristotle's Gradations of Being in <em> Metaphysics </em> E-Z

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Edited and introduced by Lloyd P. Gerson, 256 pages, 6" x 9", introduction, footnotes, bibliography, index

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Aristotle's Gradations of Being in Metaphysics E-Z

Owens, Joseph, C.Ss.R.

Gradations of Being was edited from the papers of Joseph Owens. Some fifty years after his groundbreaking book The Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics, Owens turned again to consider the central themes in Aristotle’s conception of a science of being or “first philosophy.” Reflecting on a half-century of scholarship, and drawing on his own extensive publications in Greek and medieval philosophy, Owens sets forth in a step-by-step meticulous argument his own interpretation of Aristotle’s account of substance, essence, and the gradations of being. Owens writes extensively of the different but complimentary approaches of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. He discusses the many facets of the Aristotelian notion of “form,” including its role in a realistic epistemology.

This monograph, edited by Owens’s colleague and former pupil, Lloyd P. Gerson, includes a complete bibliography of Owens’s writings as well as works critical of Owens’s readings of ancient and medieval philosophers. It will serves as an excellent introduction to one of the most influential interpretations of the Aristotelian metaphysical tradition of the past century. 

Joseph Owens, C.Ss.R., was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Toronto and professor emeritus at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. Among his many books are: The Doctrine of Being in the Arstotelian Metaphysics (Pontifical Institute, 1951), A History of Ancient Western Philosophy (Appleton-Century- Crofts, 1959), An Elementary Christian Metaphysics (Bruce, 1963), An Interpretation of Existence (Bruce, 1968). Owens was also the author of numerous works on medieval philosophy, especially on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. He died in 2005.

Lloyd P. Gerson is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of books and articles on ancient philosophy, most recently, Knowing Persons: A Study in Plato (Oxford, 2003), Neoplatonic Philosophy: Introductory Readings (with John Dillon) (Hackett, 2004), and Aristotle and Other Platonists (Cornell, 2004).