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From God to Everything Else

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/10.1093/0199246548.003.0002
 From God to Everything Else

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SCGII is a logical continuation of SCGI since Book I serves as the location for the support for many of the premises of Book II's arguments. Aquinas takes up first the source of the production of things, its power, the relationship between the products and their source, and then its terminus. He reasons from the aspects of God's nature as established in Book I: from first efficient cause, from immovable first mover, from (fully) actual being, from supreme perfection, from perfection of will, and from pure actuality to the propriety of God's producing other things. Aquinas is laying the foundation for the claim that the nature for which that activity is appropriate must somehow involve the power requisite for it. God's power is God's action, God's power is not the source of God's action. Aquinas's argument to show that God is the universal producer of everything else is presented in detail.

Keywords: Aquinas; God; immovable first mover; perfection; propriety; pure actuality; universal producer

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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