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Author QuotedEtienne Gilson
Title QuotedGod and Philosophy
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/07/13
ImprintNew Haven : Yale University Press. 1941
Quotation"True metaphysics does not culminate in a concept, be it that of thought, of good, of one or of substance. It does not even culminate in an essence, be it that of Being itself. Its last word is not ens but esse; not being, but is. The ultimate effect of metaphysics is to posit an Act by an act, that is, to posit by an act of judging, the supreme Act of existing, whose very essence, because it is to be, passes human understanding. Where a man's metaphysics comes to an end, his religion begins." Etienne Gilson God and Philosophy, p. 143. [Note 11: This quotation is taken from the last paragraph of Etienne Gilson's God and Philosophy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1941), which was originally the Powell lectures at Indiana University.]
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 379
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