Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ed., with an Introd. by Anton C. Pegis - Chapter 16, Question LXXXVII & The End of Man Chapters II, III, XVI, XVII Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16, Question LXXXVII & The End of Man Chapters II, III, XVI, XVII Summary and Analysis

Question 87: The Intellectual Soul Knows Itself and all That is Within Itself. There are Four Articles: Whether the Intellectual Soul Knows Itself by its Essence? There are three objections with their rebuttals. The answer to this first one includes a description of the angelic hierarchy as immaterial and intelligible. He refers to Plato's theory of forms. He explains that the human mind can discover a new 'realm'. People should assume that there is more to the region than what has been discovered. In the same manner, Columbus is said to have caused the Europeans to discover the Americas. He did not know everything about the entire set of Continents at once. Action is used as a defining factor. Referring...

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