Friday, December 4, 2009


From here on out, I will be adopting Dr. Feser's descriptive categories. In addition to everyone's favorite A-T (Aristotelian-Thomism), the putative perennial philosophy (never mind that the term was invented in the 16th century to designate pure pagan platonism) look for discussions of A-S (Aristotelian-Scotism), or perhaps it should be A-A-S (Aristotelian-Augustinian-Scotism), or, following Gilson, A-A-A-S (Aristotelian-Augustinian-Avicennian-Scotism). Maybe it would be simpler to stick to A-H-S (Aristotelian-Henrician-Scotism; after all, Henry of Ghent is target #1), and to stay away from A-S-S (Aristotelian-scholastic-Scotism). And for our bitterest foes, the "invincible" and "unconquered" school of the nominalists, expect A-O (Aristotelian-Ockhamism; hey, he wrote as many commentaries on Aristotle as did Aquinas!) or a safe N-A-D-S (Nominalist-Aristotelian-dialectical-scholastics).


Eric said...

"hey, [Ockham] wrote as many commentaries on Aristotle as did Aquinas!"

As much as I like defenses of Ockham, I don't think you're right here.

Aquinas wrote commentaries on:
- De anima
- Physics
- De generatione
- Metaphysics
- Politics
- Ethics
- De caelo et mundo
- De sensu et sensato
- Meteora
- De memoria
- De interpretatione
- Posterior Analytics

That's twelve works, if I got them all. Ockham only wrote six Aristotelian commentaries: three on parts of the Organon (Categories, De interpretatione, and Elenchorum) and three commentaries (one short, one long, and one question-commentary) on the Physics.

Eric said...

I suppose we could go so far as to say Ockham wrote fourteen commentaries, if we were willing to call the Summa Logicae a set of commentaries on the six books of the Organon, but that seems like stretching the sense of "commentary" too far.

Edward Feser said...

Lee, we can simplify this considerably. It all boils down to:




That way we can settle this mano-a-mano. Er, I mean, Aristotelico-mano-a-Aristotelico-mano...



Lee Faber said...

Eric: that's what i get for making wild claims.
Dr. Feser: awesome!