Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cajetan on Scotus

Be sure to check out James Chastek's post on Thomism and Scotism over at Just Thomism.  The topic is Scotus' argument that the personal properties of the Trinitarian persons are formally distinct from the divine essence (though Cajetan reads this as 'really' distinct, perhaps uncharitably) because the property of paternity is communicable and the essence is not. Cajetan's response is to deny the principle of excluded middle as applied to God in the hard sense of 'real' as well as a few other red herrings. His point that there is only one formal ratio in this sense of real is similar to the points that Pierre Roger argues in the Disputatio I've been blogging about.

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