The analysis of the being and the ontological constituency of the person in the twentieth century Thomism


Alain Contat


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 62, Issue 146 (july-december), 2013, pages 241-275




The present study analyzes the three great interptretations of Thomistic doctrine on the ontological constituency of the person, developed by Thomists from the 20th century on. For the followers of the gaetanistic tradition, like Martain, the person is formally based on the mode of subsistence, that constitutes the spiritual nature in subjectivity. For the followers of the transcendental Thomism, like Lotz, the personal being is primarily founded on the reditio completa of the created spirit. For the masters of the intentive Thomism, like Fabro or Forment, the person results fundamentally from the possession of an act of participated being owened by an essence that transcends matter. In conclusion, first we propose a structualy judgement on these three positions, secondly a judgement of veritability

Key words:

Cornelio Fabro, Eudaldo Forment Giralt, Johann Baptist Lotz, Jacques Maritain, self-awareness, intensive being, ontological structure, subsistence



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