Some Later Medieval Theories of the Eucharist: Thomas Aquinas, Gilles of Rome, Duns Scotus, and William Ockham

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How can the body and blood of Christ, without ever leaving heaven, come to be really present on eucharistic altars where the bread and wine still seem to be? Marilyn McCord Adams examines how this question and its answer engaged 13th and 14th century philosophical theologians.
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"Adams presents the arguments of all concerned with precision and sympathy. She explains the fundamental problems these theologians face, the objections they must meet, and the means by which they attempt to integrate their doctrine of real Eucharistic presence into a larger coherent view of the universe."—The Thomist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199591053
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn McCord Adams, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Table of Contents

1. Aristotelian Preliminaries
I: Why Sacraments?
2. What, Why, and Wherefore
3. Sacramental Causality: 'Effecting What They Figure!'
II: The Metaphysics and Physics of Real Presence
4. Explaining the Presence, Identifying the Change: Aquinas and Giles of Rome
5. Duns Scotus on Placement Problems
6. Duns Scotus on Two Types of Transsubstantiation
7. Remodelling with Ockham
8. Accidents without Substance: Aquinas and Gilles of Rome
9. Independent Accidents: Scotus and Ockham
10. Theology Provoking Philosophy
III: What Sort of Union?
11. Eucharistic Eating and Drinking
12. Sacraments, Why Ceasing?
List of Numbered Propositions

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