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Ascent to God through Participation Metaphysics

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/9780823227198.003.0005
Ascent to God through Participation Metaphysics

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This chapter discusses ascent to God through Thomistic participation metaphysics and the analogical language built upon it. The first argument moves in a single step from the beings of human experience, taken simply as many and existing to a single Infinite Source of all being and all perfection. The second argument talks about the path from the finite to the Infinite. The chapter concludes that causal explanation is another expression for the radical openness of the mind from within the narrow circle of its own inner experience to the vast world of the not-yet-experienced surrounding environment of being, insofar as the latter manifests itself as the basic and important support and ground for all experience.

Keywords: ascent; God; Thomism; participation metaphysics; Infinite Source; causal explanation; human experience

Chapter.  6134 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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