By Francisco Suarez
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You will say: therefore at least in dialectics itself it will not be absurd to simultaneously seek science and the method of science. I will respond by conceding the consequence. For in that science the method of science, taken broadly and in general, is sought as a goal or as an object to be known, while the science itself is sought as the form and the perfection to be attained by such study. But in the other sciences, since the method of science is not sought as an object or as a goal, it must be presupposed as an instrument serving for the acquisition of the science.
But even more, see s. 2, pp. 1 But omitting these [opinions], it seems to me to be a part of the introduction or some addition to that. ”2 For because in the introduction Aristotle said that this science most especially contemplates truth and afterwards he showed how much previous philosophers had erred in the investigation of that, he wished in this place once again to open up the difﬁculty which is inherent in the investigation of truth, and [show] what way should be followed in that, and what principle or foundation we should use, so that we not labor in vain.
His sources include Aristotle, Diogenes Laertius, Plato, Plotinus, Theophrastus, Plutarch, Sts. Augustine, Irenaeus, Clement of Rome, Clement of Alexandria, Ambrose, plus Epiphanius and Eusebius; ibid. 62 Cf. DM 18, 4, vol. 25, pp. 624–27. 63 Cf. 984a21–22. 64 . ” “Intention” better ﬁts Suárez’s sense. 65 Possibly: DM 30, 2, nn. 15–17, vol. 26, pp. 69–70; but much more probably: DM 29, s. 2, pp. ” 66 Cf. esp. DM 23, 1, n. 5, vol. 25, p. 844. This Section has special interest inasmuch as it presents Suárez’s doctrine of the metaphorical nature of ﬁnal causality; on this cf.
A commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics : or, a most ample index to The metaphysics of Aristotle by Francisco Suarez