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UNTEA, CRISTIAN (2010) THE CONCEPT OF ‘BEING’ IN AQUINAS AND PALAMAS. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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The aim of the present dissertation is a comparative analysis of the issue of being as found in the writings of St. Gregory Palamas and St. Thomas Aquinas. Primarily, I set two main focuses for my research: firstly, an overview of the life and work of the great Byzantine theologian and, secondly, a comparative analysis with St. Thomas Aquinas on the issue of being.
Although the present dissertation deals with both theological and philosophical issues, my research remains mainly a theological one. I am not interested in a merely theoretical evaluation of the history of being, but rather in how this notion is applied in the dynamics of the relation between God and man.
I structured my thesis around the evaluation of the concept of being in its applicability on God, on man, and on the way in which the two are linked. Therefore, I developed my analysis on each of the two authors, discussing in separate sections on: the divine being, the created being, the issue of grace and the views on deification. Before commencing the examination of the proposed issue, I found relevant to include an introduction dealing with the historical matters concerning each of the two theologians and their ‘dialogue’ within Eastern and Western theological framework. A final section concluded this study tracing the reception of their thought within the twentieth century Theology.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Keywords:Thomas Aquinas, Gregory Palamas, Patristic, Being, Essence, Hypostasis, Energies, Deification
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religion, Department of
Thesis Date:2010
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:02 Jun 2011 16:09

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