The problem of being is central to Western metaphysics. Etched sharply in the verses of Parmenides, it took on distinctive colouring in Aristotle as the subject matter of a science expressly labelled 'theological.' For Aristotle, being could not be shared in generic fashion by other natures. As a nature it had to be found not in various species but in a primary instance only. The science specified by the primary nature was accordingly the one science that under the aspect of being treated universally of whatever is: it dealt with being qua being.
“This book is the most important publication in the field since Werner Jaeger's epoch-making study (1923) of the development of Aristotle's metaphysical treatises.” — Vernon J. Bourke, Speculum
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