Francisco Suárez on the object of the metaphysics

Milidrag, Predrag (2013) Francisco Suárez on the object of the metaphysics. Theoria, 56 (2). pp. 61-86. ISSN 0351-2274 eISSN 2406-081X

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For Suárez, the object of the metaphysics is being insofar as it is real being (ens reale). In order to explain this, the author analyzes Suárez’s notions of formal and objective concept (conceptus formalis, conceptus objectivus). Suárez finds that the primary feature of the objective concept of being is its unity; nevertheless that does not imply the univocal concept of being because the objective concept of being is applied on its instances on diverse ways. When considering what is being (ens), Suárez makes the difference between being taken as a noun and being taken as a participle. The later one signifies everything actually existing; being as a noun signifies everything which have the real essence (essentia realis), with actual existence or without it. The real essence he defines as something that is not repugnant to actual existence and which is not a figment of mind. The objective concept of being is a result of precisive abstraction and encompass all real essences, actual as well as non-actual. As such, for Suárez, it is the object of the metaphysics as a science.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: conceptus objectivus, conceptus formalis, being as a noun, being as aparticiple, non repugnantia, essentia realis, precisive abstraction, objektivni koncept, formalni koncept, biće kao imenica, biće kao particip, stvarna suština, precizirajuća apstrakcija.
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 21:27
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 21:27

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