The theory of transcendentals (Lat. transcendentalia) consitutes the most central part of rico-scholastic ontology. With very few exceptions it is usually developed in a very old-fashioned, often obscure way. This is probably the main cause why the theory of transcendentals is, outside the neo-scholastic camp, largely neglected in contemporary philosophy. Since its origins were connected with the most fundamental problems concerning being, I think that it deserves much more positive attention. As I will argue, it is possible to embed the theory of transcendentals in a more modern formal skeleton. J [ believe that the theory of transcendentals in its modern version can be illuminating for formal ontology. Disregarding some minor details, we inherited two different theories of transcendentals from medieval philosophy: Thomistic and Scotist. 2 The principal idea of the former is:

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