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Nature from the Top Down

Norman Kretzmann

in The Metaphysics of Creation

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246540
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597879 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246548.003.0001
 Nature from the Top Down

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The practical purpose of SCG is to teach theism. In Book II, Aquinas will argue carefully and specifically for divine creation, then undertake to explain the fact of nature's prolific diversity, and will then, after developing the distinction between immanent and transeunt divine activity, devote the rest of Book II to considering the results of God's transeunt activity, sharply focused on the existence of intellects in nature. This book will examine all three of those aspects of Aquinas's metaphysics of creation, sometimes offering criticisms or extensions of various features of them.

Keywords: Aquinas; creation; divine; God; immanent activity; intellects; natural theology; theism; transeunt activity

Chapter.  13047 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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