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Suárez on the Subject of Metaphysics

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This chapter considers more closely Francisco Suárez's explanation of the subject of metaphysics and the underlying pattern of science within his historical context. It first recalls the scientific ambition of the Disputationes by reference to some reflections in the Index locupletissimus from the fourth book of the Metaphysics. The chapter then determines on the basis of central texts from the first three disputations, what the subject of metaphysics is for Suárez by which he seeks to achieve his scientific aim. A consideration of the scientific character of Suárez's metaphysics helps to clarify the relationship of the Suárezian approach to the Aristotelian tradition of thought. The chapter leads to a revision of the currently prevailing view of the position that Suárez's Disputationes hold within the history of modern school metaphysics.

Keywords: Aristotelian tradition; Francisco Suárez; historical context; Metaphysics



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