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Original Features of Suárez’s Thought

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Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), inaugurator of the modern philosophy of history, extols Francisco Suárez's brilliancy and eloquence, asserting that the Doctor "in his Metaphysics discussed everything that could be known in philosophy in a distinguished manner as becomes a metaphysician, and in an extremely clear and easy style, as in fact he stands out by his incomparable eloquence". Likewise, Hugo Grotius (1583-1645), prominent contributor to the development of international law, was in awe with the acuity of the Doctor's thinking, contending that Suárez was a man "of such subtlety in philosophy, that he has seldom any equal". Besides being the first systematization of metaphysics, Suárez's is also the only scholastic system wherein a single author integrated his own methodically structured philosophy and theology into a single architectonic composite, which can be described as a 'super-system', with the former being made the foundation of the latter.

Keywords: Francisco Suárez; metaphysics; philosophy; scholastic system

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