Henry of Ghent: Metaphysics and the Trinity

With a Critical Edition of Question Six of Article Fifty-Five of the Summa Quaestionum Ordinariarum

Juan Carlos Flores

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The book elucidates Henry of Ghent's philosophical and theological system with special reference to his trinitarian writings. It demonstrates the fundamental role of the Trinity in Henry's philosophy and theology. It also shows how Henry (d. 1293), the most influential theologian of his day at Paris, developed the Augustinian tradition in seminal ways in response to the Aristotelian tradition, especially Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274).



I-Henry and the Tradition of Trinitarian Theology
II-Henry on Theology and Philosophy
III-The Trinity and Henry's Thought

Chapter 1: The Trinity in Itself

1A-Henry's Basic Approach to the Trinity
1B-The Trinity as Activity
1C-The Emanation According to Intellect: The Father and the Son
1D-The Mode of Spiration
1E-The Will as a Natural Principle
1F-The Order of Nature
1G-Henry's Latin View of Active Spiration
1H-The Spirating Force
1I-The Person of the Holy Spirit
1J-The Trinity as Emanated by Intellect and Will

Chapter 2: The Trinity and Creation

2A-The Trinity's Notional Necessity
2B-Emanation and Creation: Henry vs. some philosophers and theologians
2C-The Role of Intellect in Free Creation

Chapter 3: The Trinity and Metaphysical Categories

3A-Persona as Suppositum
3B-Intentionality, Analogy, and Supposition of Persona
3C-The Meaning of Property
3D-Relation in God and Creatures
3E-Relations and Reality
3F-Res as Relational
3G-Reality in Henry's System


II-The Creature as Symbol of the Trinity
III-Existence and Essence
IV-Henry's Approach and Synthesis

Appendix: Critical Edition of Summa, art. LV, q. VI

Selected Bibliography


Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF

239 pages

ISBN: 9789461660886

Publication: July 06, 2006

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 36

Languages: English

Stock item number: 45861

With his detailed and lucid study, Flores succeeds not only in making this vast arena of Henry's thinking available to other scholars but also in showing by dint of persistent probing just how comprehensive, complicated, and, in the end, fascinating was all that Henry had to say about Trinity.
Speculum, 2010 volume 85/3, Steven P. Marrone, Tufts University