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By Dennis Bonnette

ISBN-10: 902471303X

ISBN-13: 9789024713035

The function of this research is to enquire the legitimacy of the main, "The according to accidens unavoidably implies the in line with se," because it is located within the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. certain emphasis can be put upon the functionality of this precept within the proofs for God's life. The relevance of the primary during this latter context may be visible immediately while 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 main in query should be divided into elements. A initial exam of the functionality of the main could 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. using what's discovered of the functionality of the primary in those components of program, half II: The area of Creature-God will examine the function of the main within the proofs for God's lifestyles. This latter half will represent the better element of the booklet, because the area of creatures of their relation to God is the main major program of the main within the writings of St. Thomas. during this research, appropriate analyses by means of St. Thomas' commentators - either classical and modern - could be thought of. eventually, in gentle of the insights provided via St.

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NATURE OF THE SCIENTIFIC SYLLOGISM Now the end of the demonstrative syllogism is "to know," and in terms of that end it is defined. 66 "To know," in this context, means to know scientifically, " ... " 67 Demonstration is that type of reasoning which produces scientific knowledge. 68 Scientific knowledge means, " ... to know something perfectly, this 64 " ••• certain propo~itions are called suppositions. , 5, n. 7. , 7, n. 3. " In I Post. , 4, n. 3. On the nature of the scientific syllogism, see Schmidt, Logic, pp.

18-19, 26-27. Cf. In II De Anima, 13, n. 393. Cf. , nn. 387, 393. THE DOMAIN OF KNOWLEDGE 33 altered, and since such alteration can occur only through a per se sensible object,31 it is immediately evident to St. Thomas that the per accidens necessarily implies the per se in the context of sense knowledge. II. THE FIRST AND SECOND ACTS OF THE MIND Whatever principle is metaphysically valid must be transcendent: it must apply to any being whatever - simply in virtue of the existence of that thing.

52 This is opposed to a mediate proposition which, " ... having a middle through which it is demonstrated, ... " 53 Regarding the nature of the immediate proposition, St. Thomas tells us that" ... " 54 Thus the immediate proposition, having no other prior to it, is said to be per se known, or self-evident. Unlike the mediately known proposition, it is not the product of demonstration. Whereas, the mediate proposition has propositions prior to it from which it is demonstrated as a conclusion. Thus we see the opposition of the per se and the per accidens, or per aliud, in this context: Once it is known what "whole" is and what "part" is, it is known that every whole is greater than its part, since in such propositions, as said above [1.

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