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By Ralph M. McInerny

ISBN-10: 0813208483

ISBN-13: 9780813208480

"The uncomplicated differences McInerny introduces, hiscriticisms of Cajetan's De nom inum analogia, the purposes hemakes to difficulties akin to that of the character of metaphysics or oflogic, and his wisdom of latest debates on relatedtopics, make this e-book unique".

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Once more, it may seem quixotic in criticizing Cajetan to be insisting on a point of which the great cardinal was surely aware. It would not come as news to him that there is a non identity of Latin and Greek usage when such common terms as 'healthy' and 'medical' are under discussion. But Cajetan takes this to be a sign of the sloppiness of Latin. e. Aristotle, did not call them analogous. But of course in his opusculum Cajetan was interested in talking about analogous names. He insists that only those names are truly analogous that Aristotle called analogous names.

Anyone reading this passage must be struck by the tortured language needed to defend an indefensible position. Cajetan tells usformally, as he would say-that the differences between 'healthy' and 'being' are irrelevant to their being analogous names. It is simply not the case that they both involve extrinsic denomination. Why not just admit that 'healthy' involves extrinsic denomination and 'good' involves intrinsic denomination, and that this difference does not affect their being analogous names?

The sequel of the text invites spelling out the similar proportions: animal: color: number man whiteness duality c. Analogous predication involves a common name whose accounts look like the adding or taking away of certain features, such that the word applies more or less to the different things to which it is applied, that is, according to an order of primary and secondary application. 5 All of these statements are said to be exemplified in the way 'being' is said of many things, of substance and accidents, even of being as 'what is the case' and of non-being.

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