Early Modern Philosophy

Francisco SuÁrez

What was Francico Suárez’s view of metaphysics?

Suárez defined metaphysics as the study of “being” insofar as it is real being. The idea of being was analogous to the similarities among things that existed. Suárez held that everything which exists is an individual, not capable of further division into individuals like it. Suárez’ focus on the most general kinds of things that exist was echoed in Descartes’ division of the world into mind and matter.


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