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The Ascent through the Dynamism of the Will

W. NORRIS CLARKE, S.J.

in The Philosophical Approach to God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227198
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227198.003.0003
The Ascent through the Dynamism of the Will

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This chapter deals with the adaptation of the resources of the Thomistic approach through the will toward the fullness of Being as good, as lovable. The a priori orientation and natural affinity for the good means to live volitively in the horizon of the good in order to recognize and respond to a good when it finds it. The entire life of the will consists in filling in determinately and concretely this unbounded, all-embracing, indeterminate, intentional horizon of the good as an anticipated field of all possible fulfillment. The chapter concludes that the truly Christian God must be found as immanent both within the person and within the cosmos, as Lord of both the inner and the outer world.

Keywords: ascent; dynamism; will; conception; Christian God; a priori; good; Thomism

Chapter.  4168 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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