Theology in Aristotle’s Metaphysics

Aytemiz, Volkan (2011) Theology in Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Doctoral thesis (DPhil), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

Whether Aristotle wrote the treatises of Metaphysics with different conceptions
of the science of Being in mind has long puzzled scholars. The particular
question that causes them unease is whether Aristotle’s enterprise in
establishing the science of Being through the several treatises of Metaphysics is
marked by a general science of Being, studying all departments of Being
whatsoever (metaphysica generalis), or whether his investigation of this science
reflects an attitude towards a special metaphysics (metaphysica specialis) seeking
knowledge of a special department of Being, in this case, God, and therefore
should be regarded as a science that is eminently theological. In this thesis, I
aim to show that Aristotle’s enterprise in Metaphysics does not necessarily
hinder reconciliation between the universal and the theological dimensions of
the science of Being and that although Aristotle's conception of the science of
Being is eminently theological it does not conflict with its also being universal.
Furthermore, I aim to show that had the conception of the science of Being in
Aristotle’s mind not been theological, it would not be universal either.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy > BD095 Metaphysics
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 14:26
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2015 11:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6335

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