Welcome to the Philosophy of Being
Aristotle called the philosophy of being "first philosophy" because it does not examine the parts of reality (politics, math, music, history), but reality itself: existence, change, properties, space, time, causality, and possibility. This first philosophy is also called "metaphysics," deriving from the Greek words meta ("beyond") and physica ("physical").
I designed this site for students studying philosophy at the College of Saint Thomas More. Whether or not you are taking courses, I hope that you find the articles, outlines, and essays helpful.
Dr. Taylor Marshall
Professor of Philosophy
College of Saint Thomas More
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Aristotle’s 5 Predicables Explained Aristotle predicables are not that difficult to understand. They are the five ways that we can speak about something. For...
Augustine on the Latin term *essentia* “Essentia is a new word, indeed, which was not used in the Latin speech of old, but which has come...
“Essentia is a new word, indeed, which was not used in the Latin speech of old, but which has come...
“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” Alfred...
Cornelia J. de Vogel, H.J. Kramer, and others have focused their attentions on the so-called unwritten doctrines of Plato. This...
Aristotle tells us that Plato had an unwritten doctrine or unwritten dogmas (agrapha dogmata). Commenting on Plato’s Timaeus, Aristotle recorded: “It...
Plato’s Parmenides contains an argument against the so-called Platonic theory of forms known as the “Third Man Argument”. Here’s how it...
Melesian School – Starting the Conversation 1. Thales (624-546 B.C.) – The “Father of Greek philosophy”. All things are water 2. Anaximander...
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