By Dennis Bonnette

The goal of this examine is to enquire the legitimacy of the primary, "The in keeping with accidens inevitably implies the according to se," because it is located within the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. designated emphasis should be positioned upon the functionality of this precept within the proofs for God's lifestyles. The relevance of the main during this latter context may be obvious instantly whilst it truly is saw that it's the key to the answer of the well-known "prob­ lem of endless regress. " The research of the main in query may be divided into components. A initial exam of the functionality of the primary should be made partially I: domain names except That of Creature-God. The domain names to be thought of during this half are these of accident-substance, swap, and data. making use of what's discovered of the functionality of the primary in those components of program, half II: The area of Creature-God will research the position of the primary within the proofs for God's lifestyles. This latter half will represent the larger element of the ebook, because the area of creatures of their relation to God is the main major software of the main within the writings of St. Thomas. during this research, appropriate analyses by means of St. Thomas' commentators - either classical and modern - may be thought of. ultimately, in mild of the insights provided by means of St.

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N. 5. 80 Cf. , n. 15. 81 The term, "perceptual judgment" is not to be understood as the "sense judgment" to which Hoenen refers. Rather, it is a genuine intellectual judgment of existence based on data received by the senses. Cf. Hoenen, Reality, pp. 210-212. " In I Post. , 6, n. 2. " Ibid. , 5, n. 3. 76 77 THE DOMAIN OF KNOWLEDGE 43 versely, if the terms are unknown, the conclusion cannot be said to have been actually demonstrated. And finally, if a conclusion has been demonstrated, all the terms which compose the premises of the argument, and the truth of the premises themselves, must have been prior known.

N. 397. , n. 398. Cf. , nn. 396, 397. , n. 396. , n. 397. 32 DOMAINS OTHER THAN THAT OF CREATURE-GOD se in the context of sense experience, since the very nature of the per accidens sensible objects is such as to entail the existence of the per se sensible objects without which they cannot be apprehended. Further, since " ... the senses are not affected at all by the per accidens sensible object as such ... ," 26 the only way they could be known at all is through some per se sensible. Otherwise, the very definition of the per accidens sensible object would exclude it from being a sensible object at all, since, of its own essence, it is unable to affect the senses.

7. , 4, n. IS. , the mind must be united to the real actually, which unity the premises express. 76 For, to use an example, unless there actually is an interposition of the moon, there is no eclipse. 77 The truth of the premises is the cause of the truth of the conclusion, for truth follows upon being. 78 But truth is known to the mind and exists in the mind. 79 Hence, according to St. , that it is. What is prior known is naturally better known since the cause is always superior to its effect. 80 Here, St.

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