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DM 9, s. 3, vol. 25, pp. ” 16 Cf. DM 1, 6, nn. 27–29, vol. 25, pp. 60–62. 17 Cf. DM 3, 3, nn. 1–5, vol. 25, pp. 111–112. 18 That is substances separate from matter, such as the Aristotelian Separate Substances responsible for the movements of the heavens, or the angels in later theology. 19 Cf. DM 35, s. 2, pp. ” 20 See DM 1, 5, nn. 3–5, vol. 25, pp. 37–8. Metaphysics Book II 21 49 Cf. DM 44, vol. 26, pp. ” Cf. 993b24–5. 23 Cf. ibid. 24 That is the fourth argument of the famous “5 ways” to prove the existence of God.

34 And this is the way that almost all commentators (expositores)35 explain the /p. VI/ assertion in this place; cf. e Averroes],37 and St. e. Aristotle] has inserted this treatise in this place: (1) in order to show that the cognition of truth, which depends upon a knowledge of causes, even though it is difficult, is not impossible; and (2) also in order to show that there are first causes of beings, about which he said this science is concerned. But because the subject matter belongs to the discussion of causes, all questions which could be here asked we have put into the Disputations about causes.

Thomas Aquinas (In duodecim libros Metaphysicorum Aristotelis Expositio, ed. Cathala [Taurini: Marietti, 1950]) commented on books I–XII. A check on authorities cited in the Summa Theologiae and Summa Contra Gentiles shows what I counted as 458 citations of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, all of them from Books I–XII; cf. Leonine edition of the Opera omnia, vol. XVI, pp. e. Antonio Andreas] (In XII libros Metaphysicorum Aristotelis Expositio)—in the Wadding edition of Scotus’s Opera omnia (Lugduni, 1639), tome IV—have only Books 1–12; (8) In the 15th century, John Argyropoulos (see in: Aristotelis castigatissime recognitum opus metaphysicum [Parisiis: Apud Henricum Stephanum, 1515]) has translated Books 1–12; (9) The 1562 edition of Aristotle with Averroes’ commentary (Averrois Commentaria et Introductiones in omnes libros Aristotelis cum eorum versione latina.

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