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The objective of this learn is to enquire the legitimacy of the primary, "The according to accidens inevitably implies the according to se," because it is located within the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. detailed emphasis can be positioned upon the functionality of this precept within the proofs for God's life. The relevance of the primary during this latter context will be noticeable straight away whilst it really is saw that it's the key to the answer of the well-known "prob­ lem of endless regress. " The research of the primary in query could be divided into components. A initial exam of the functionality of the main may 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, switch, and data. utilizing what's discovered of the functionality of the main in those parts of software, half II: The area of Creature-God will learn the position of the main within the proofs for God's lifestyles. This latter half will represent the larger part of the publication, 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, suitable analyses via St. Thomas' commentators - either classical and modern - may be thought of. eventually, in gentle of the insights provided via St.

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97. 46 DOMAINS OTHER THAN THAT OF CREATURE-GOD this context, our treatment of the topic appears subject to Hoenen's criticism: To begin with, let us examine this per se. Above all, we must not, as is sometimes done, confuse it with the frequently used expression "self-evident" (notum per se). The per se proposition and the self-evident proposition can sometimes be coupled together, but not always; for not every truth that is formulated in a per se proposition is self-evident (notum per se); and inversely, not everything which is self-evident corresponds to a per se proposition.

Cf. In Peri Hermeneias, PIoemium, n. I. In II De Anima, 13, n. 393. Cf. , n. 384. Cf. , n. 386. THE DOMAIN OF KNOWLEDGE 29 fitted to be affected by such a sensible object. " 6 On the other hand, the latter are called common sensible objects, since they differentiate sensation, not on the basis of that which is the proper object of a given sense, but rather, in view of those modes of activity which are perceptible to several or all the sense faculties at once: ... the common sense-objects are five: motion, rest, number, figure, and magnitude.

But while an object may be accidental to some other sense faculty, as when sweetness is white, nonetheless, such an object is essentially, or per se, sensible to taste. Thus, speaking strictly ,St. l 3 There remain only the intellect, the cogitative sense, and the estimative sense. Certainly, when the intellect abstracts the universal form from the particular matter presented to it in the phantasm, its product (the concept) conforms to the definition of the per accidens sense-object in that it " ...

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