, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 121-133

Suárez and the doctrine of the transcendentals

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Abstract

This article discusses Suárez's views concerning the transcendentals, that is, being and those attributes of it that extend to everything. In particular it explores Suárez's notion of transcendentality and the way in which he conceived the transcendental attributes of being are related to it. It makes two claims: First, that Suárez has an intensional, rather than an extensional understanding of transcendentality; and, second, that Suárez's understanding of truth and goodness, as expressing real extrinsic denominations based on real relations, appears to contain an inconsistency.

I am grateful to Jane Bristol, John Doyle, and Scott MacDonald for their comments on an early draft of this paper.