By Joseph Bobick, St. Thomas Aquinas
Bobik then displays on what Aquinas says approximately topic and shape and the weather in numerous contexts and all through his many works. partly 3, Bobik clarifies how, in response to Aquinas, composition out of topic and shape, at the one hand, and composition out of parts, at the different, relate to each other and to the actual ingredients during which they're chanced on. He considers the function of the weather in terms of the artistic causality of God, and on the subject of the producing and maintaining causality of the heavenly bodies. Part 4 investigates a number of resources so as to see what thinkers at the present time need to say concerning the components, the desire being that trendy perspectives and people of Aquinas may shed a few important and welcome gentle on one another.
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1, 1013 a 16–17. 3, 195 a 15. Page 40 And when we say there are four causes, we understand this to refer to the per se causes, to which the per accidens causes are reduced, because everything which is per accidens is reduced to that which is per se. He continues this clarifying concern in 18.. , as though they were convertible. And when this happens, whatever is said to be a cause is said to be a principle, but not vice versa.
Unde licet privatio sit principum per accidens, non sequitur quod non sit necessaria ad generationem, quia materia a privatione numquam denudatur; inquantum enim est sub una forma, habet privationem alterius et e converso, sicut in igne est privatio aeris et in aere privatio ignis. For example, in fire, there is the privation of air, and in air the privation of fire. The former is the matter, and the latter the privation. And this is so because after the change, as well as before the change, the shape is something over and above, something in addition to, the nature of the bronze; something which can perfect or can determine the bronze, the matter, in the terminus a quo; something which is determining or is perfecting the bronze, the matter, in the terminus ad quem.
So that, if matter or form were generated, there would be a matter for matter and a form for form, endlessly. Whence, there is generation only of the composite, properly speaking. And so, generation and corruption would be impossible. Generation and corruption would be impossible. Et hoc modo materia prima dicitur una numero, quia intelligitur sine omnibus dispositionibus a quibus est differentia in numero. And prime matter is said to be one in number in this way, because it is understood to be without any of the dispositions from which difference in number arises.
Aquinas on Matter and Form and the Elements: A Translation and Interpretation of the DE PRINCIPIIS NATURAE and the DE MIXTIONE ELEMENTORUM of St. Thomas Aquinas by Joseph Bobick, St. Thomas Aquinas