From Independence to Perfection

Norman Kretzmann

in The Metaphysics of Theism

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246533
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597886 | DOI:
 From Independence to Perfection

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Identifying an acknowledged first cause as God requires further argumentation to show that this extraordinary entity must have characteristics that pick out the supreme being of the monotheistic tradition and to show that it must be the transcendent, personal, omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good creator, and governor of the universe. By means of the exclusive application of the eliminative method to an immutable first cause, Aquinas's account leads to eliminating the distinction between its nature and being, to its essential nature being identical with its own unique, necessary, and ultimately explanatory being. Through Aquinas's perfection argument, the ultimately explanatory being is also shown to be universally perfect.

Keywords: Aquinas; divine nature; eliminative method; first cause; God; necessary being; transcendence; universal perfection

Chapter.  11223 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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