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By Takatura Ando

In the summer season of 1960 I visited Oxford and stayed there a number of months. This booklet was once written as a few moderate memorial of my days in that historical seat of studying. it truly is my friendly responsibility to recognize the nice debt I personal to Mr. D. Lyness within the activity of placing it into English. moreover I consider with gratitude Dr. J. L. Ackrill of Brasenose university, who gave me unfailing encouragement, and likewise Dr. R. A. Rees of Jesus university, who learn my manuscript via and subjected it to a minute revision. finally for permission to cite from Sir W. D. Ross' translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics, i must thank the editors of Oxford collage Press. Kyoto, Japan T.A. sixty one Sep.19 . to reply to the readers' lawsuits that the 1st version didn't ex­ undeniable the author's perspective in the direction of metaphysics, yet one more bankruptcy on new positivism used to be written in 1966, however the book was once not on time until eventually the second one variation. unique thank you are as a result of Mr. E. B. Brooks for his tips in writing English, to Prof. Philip P. Wiener, and to Dr. R. A. Rees, either for a few variety companies. T. A. Okayama 1973 CONTENTS creation I I. THE foundation OF the concept that OF METAPHYSICS I. Reimer's concept three 2. Aristotle's Metaphysics 6 II. THE culture OF the idea that OF METAPHYSICS historical Interpretations 1.

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A. That Aristotle called this science theology, 4 first philosophy, Ii or the ruler of the sciences, 6 was due to his reverence for this object. Metaphysics is also called divine because it inquires into the first cause. It is thought to be superior to physics, because it studies the universal and the first substance. All these characterizations prove that God is the object of metaphysics. 7 Suarez however is not of the same opinion as those who take God to be the only object of metaphysics. Sua1 This interpretation appears not only in the preface to the commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics but also more minutely in the Comm.

In the prize essay. after giving the definition already quoted, Kant goes on to say: Ontology (as a part of metaphysics) is a system of all concepts of understanding and principles, insofar as these are given to sense, and are concerned with objects that may be experienced. It does not concern itself with trans-sensible objects, which, none the less, are the final end of metaphysics.

Before Averroes, Dominicus Gundissalinus, basing himself on Arabic and Latin traditions, arrived at a new conception of philosophy. In opposition to the religious and theological tendency of the preceding period, he secularised philosophy, extending it to cover both theology and metaphysics. According to Gundissalinus, 1 philosophy is concerned with being, which either depends or does not depend on our acts. The philosophy which deals with the former is practical, having conduct as its end, and the philosophy which deals with the latter is theoretical, knowledge being its end.

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