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"Active and Passive Potency" in Thomistic Angelology

Author: Howard P Kainz
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972.
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It is interesting to note that, in an expressly theological treatise such as the Summa theologiae, St. Thomas generally uses the term "angel", in preference to "separate substance";

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Howard P Kainz
ISBN: 9789401028004 9401028001
OCLC Number: 851375353
Description: 1 online resource (111 pages)
Contents: Preface.- A. "Separate Substances" and/or "Angels"?.- 1. "Philosophy" and "theology".- 2. The interrelationship of philosophy and theology.- 3. The viability of the separate-substance/angel synthesis.- B. Separate Substances Revisited : The Present Situation.- 1. From the point of view of Thomistic philosophy.- 2. From the point of view of philosophical anthropology.- 3. From the vantage point of faith.- I. Introduction.- II. The Thomistic Doctrine on Potency.- A. The distinction of Actual from Potential Being.- B. Potency as a Principle of Being.- C. The Primordial Types - Active and Passive.- 1. The scope and existential ramifications of "active potency".- 2. The variety and relative capacities of passive potency.- 3. Comparison of active with passive potency.- D. Subdivisions of Active and Passive Potency.- 1. Subdivisions of active potency.- 2. Subdivisions of passive potency.- III. The Powers of Separate Substances.- A. Problems Arising in the Investigation of These Powers.- B. Means of Demonstration Proposed by St. Thomas.- 1. The Aristotelian method.- 2. The method of Plato and his followers.- 3. Other subsidiary methods mentioned by St. Thomas.- C. The Relationship of Physical Bases to Metaphysical Conclusions.- D. The Power of Self-Motion in Separate Substances.- E. The Power of Intellection in Separate Substances.- 1. Knowledge of self.- 2. Knowledge of God.- 3. Knowledge of other creatures.- 4. The order discernible in integral angelic cognition.- F. The Power of Volition in Separate Substances.- 1. The relationship of intellection to volition in separate substances.- 2. Primary and immediate effects of angelic volition.- 3. The mode of communication of separate substances among themselves.- 4. The way in which separate substances affect purely material creatures.- 5. The role of separate substances in the execution of divine providence.- 6. The influence of separate substances on intellective corporeal creatures.- G. The Hierarchical Disposition of Separate Substances on the Basis of These Powers.- 1. The particularity of the operations of inferior separate substances as contrasted with the universality of the operations of their superiors.- 2. The more universal species and more universal causality of the higher orders.- 3. Natural and supernatural relationship among separate substances.- 4. The angelic order of the "powers".- IV. The Capacities of Separate Substances.- A. Means of Investigation of These Capacities.- B. The Capacity for Existence (Esse) in Separate Substances.- 1. The immaterial nature of this capacity.- 2. The full and immediate determination of this capacity through esse.- 3. The mode of creation in the case of separate substances.- 4. The durational context of this capacity.- 5. The aeviternal angelic substance as the cause of temporal motions.- 6. Individuation and multiplication of separate substances on the basis of their substantial capacity.- C. The Capacity for Justification in Separate Substances.- 1. The capacity for choosing or rejecting a supernatural end.- 2. The Capacity for Supernatural Knowledge.- D. The Capacity for Local Transmutability in Separate Substances.- E. The Relative Capacities of the Angelic Hierarchies.- Index of Names.
Responsibility: by Howard P. Kainz.

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