Abstract
I argue that Thomas Aquinas’s Identity Formula—the statement that the “intellect in act is the intelligible in act”—does not, as is usually supposed, express his position on how the intellect accesses extramental realities. Instead, it should be understood as a claim about the metaphysics of intellection, according to which the perfection requisite for performing the act of understanding is what could be called “intellectual-intelligible being.” In reinterpreting Aquinas’s Identity Formula, I explore the notion of being “in act” as an intellect or intelligible, his curious comments about an “order” or “genus” of intelligibles, and the relationship of understanding and being-understood.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  History of Philosophy  Philosophy of Mind  Metaphysics  Metaphysics of Mind  Thomas Aquinas
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 1051-3558
DOI 10.5840/acpq2017518115
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,959
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Averroes and Aquinas on the Agent Intellect's Causation of Intelligibles.Therese Scarpelli Cory - 2015 - Recherches de Theologie Et Philosophie Medievales 82:1-60.
Aquinas and Themistius on Intellect.Lorelle Lamascus - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:255-273.
Abstraction in Al-F'r'bî.Richard C. Taylor - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:151-168.
Abstraction in Al-Fârâbî.Richard C. Taylor - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:151-168.
Aquinas on Being and Essence As Proper Objects of the Intellect.Caery Evangelist - 2011 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85 (3):361-390.
Aquinas and Themistius on Intellect.Lorelle Lamascus - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:255-273.
The Intellect, Receptivity, and Material Singulars in Aquinas.Siobhan Nash-Marshall - 2002 - International Philosophical Quarterly 42 (3):371-388.
Thomas Aquinas and Knowledge of Material Objects: Proper Objects of Cognition.Catherine Jack Deavel - 2009 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 83:269-278.
The Motion of Intellect On the Neoplatonic Reading of Sophist 248e-249d.Eric D. Perl - 2014 - International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 8 (2):135-160.
Aquinas's Naturalized Epistemology.Richard C. Taylor & Max Herrera - 2005 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 79:85-102.
Aristotle’s Immortal Intellect.Mark Amorose - 2001 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 75:97-106.
Contemplation, Intellectus, and Simplex Intuitus in Aquinas.Rik Van Nieuwenhove - 2017 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91 (2):199-225.
Thomas Aquinas on Truths About Nonbeings.Gloria Wasserman - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:101-113.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-08-24

Total views
34 ( #334,834 of 2,504,815 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #140,251 of 2,504,815 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes