I have said it before, and I will say it again now, and I am quite certain that I will repeat myself more than once after this: to limit one’s reading of Aquinas to the Summa Theologiae is like reading the first chapter of a book and then setting it aside. There is so much more to learn from the Angelic Doctor than can be found in ST, and that’s saying an awful lot. Even the Summa Contra Gentiles, as brilliant as it is, seems to merely scratch the surface.
For one of the best, most succinct descriptions of what Aristotle (and Aquinas) mean by the notion of forms you can quite likely do no better than to read what St. Thomas says in his commentary on Arisotle’s De Anima in the second lesson on Book II. I cannot do it justice. Go read it in the saint’s own brilliant words. Go. I will still be here. So will the rest of the Interwebs.
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