Critical Analysis on the Metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas
Metaphysics is the philosophical study whose object is to determine the real nature of things—to determine the meaning, structure, and principles of whatever is insofar as it is. Although this study is popularly conceived as referring to anything excessively subtle and highly theoretical and although it has been subjected to many criticisms, it is presented by metaphysicians as the most fundamental and most comprehensive of
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colors of the rainbow are partial reflections of sunlight.
This is the heart of the metaphysics of St. Thomas in one simple lesson, but its simplicity comes from the depth, and we need to penetrate into that depth by meditating on the realtionship between essence and existence if we are to grasp what it truly means. With regards to existence, it is better to say that existence is the “isness” rather than “thatness” of beings.