By Ralph McInerny (auth.)
The current quantity brings jointly a few issues i've got written near to analogy because the visual appeal of The common sense of Analogy in 1961. In that booklet i attempted to disengage St Thomas' instructing on analogous names from a number of next accretions which, for my part, had obscured its import. The booklet was once greatly reviewed, a variety of issues in it have been rightly criticized, yet its major argument, particularly, that analogical signification is a logical topic and needs to be taken care of as such, used to be, if frequently faced, left ultimately, i believe, status. The experiences introduced jointly now replicate an identical focus at the educating of Aquinas. it's not that i am of the opinion that every thing vital at the query of analogy, and definitely now not every thing of value on these difficulties which elicit the doctrine of analogy, was once stated via Thomas Aquinas. however it was once my determination, for my own paintings, first to accomplish as a lot readability as i may with appreciate to the instructing of Thomas, after which to head directly to different writers, either old and smooth. i'm at the moment engaged in figuring out the kin between equivo cation, analogy and metaphor in Aristotle. while that learn is com pleted, I shall flip eagerly to a few relatively fresh contributions to the character of non secular language. briefly, the current paintings, that's frequently a prolongation of my try at an exegesis of Thomistic texts, marks the top of 1 part of my study into the matter of analogy.
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14, a. 3, ad 1. la, q. 34, a. 1. D. , q. 1, a. 4. THE ratio communis OF THE ANALOGOUS NAME 39 difficulty which emerges from the texts already considered. After that, we shall examine the doctrine that "being" is not a generic name, since this will bring out important issues for the discussion of the ratio communis of the analogous name, a matter to which we can then turn. v. 1 There we were given an option between saying that intellection is a certain kind of passion or something else similar to passion.
1777. , n. 1779. , n. 1780. 8 1046a12. 1 2 THE ratio communis OF THE ANALOGOUS NAME 41 signified by the common word; so too they and dogs and cats are called animals because they are alike in what the word "animal" signifies. Things are named analogically when they participate more and less perfectly in the notion signified by their common name with those that save it less perfectly referred to what is most perfectly named by it. Now it may appear that the metaphor falls under this description of the analogous name.
In generation or corruption there is neither motion nor contrariety save by reason of the preceding alteration. Only in alteration, consequently, is there properly passion where a form is received and its contrary expelled. 2 Let us go back now to the notion of the loss involved in passion. Obviously the patient, in the medical sense, loses something if the ministrations of the doctor are successful, namely his illness, and this can only be called good riddance. We wouldn't commiserate with one who had lost a cold.