Thomas Aquinas on Creation and Prime Matter

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Thomas Aquinas on Creation and Prime Matter
Out of the vast philosophical treatise that that makes up Thomas Aquinas' 13th-century Summa Theologica, we will here undertake an examination of two particular questions which the philosopher deals with at some length. These two topics are, specifically, Must every being be created by God? and Is prime matter created by God? These questions are found under the rubric of Question 44 of the first part of the treatise and are specifically analyzed in Article 1 and Article 2 of that subsection. We will examine each topic in turn, outlining the major steps in Aquinas' argument. We will find that the two questions are in fact closely related, and that Aquinas' clarification of his position on them...
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.....nalysis of one small part of Aquinas' Summa Theologica, that his reasoning process is one which neatly and logically addresses the claims and assertions of his opposing viewpoints, while making its own points by clarifying what is being said and then restating his position syllogistically. This comes across as an effective way to present his philosophical positions, although modern readers who are not philosophically trained or familiar with all of the nuances of the Aristotelian system may often find themselves perplexed by some of the arguments that Aquinas sets forth.
Works Cited
McInery, Ralph, ed. Thomas Aquinas: Selected Writings. London: Penguin Books, 1998. Accessed 16 October 2009 from: http://books.google.com/books?id=QPbrkbZCOg4C