Jottings on causality.

-Causality principally explains the composite, i.e. the union of diverse things, and so if we want to understand causality we have to see it in light of the old paradoxes about the one and the many, and their various solutions.

-Where there is one thing that is not a union of some multitude, neither is there a cause of that one thing. This is why the Second Person of the Trinity, though he proceeds from the Father, is not caused by the Father in any way.

-Causality involves being by another: the composite by its parts being at all, by its parts being brought together, by that which affects what brings the parts together.

-Causality, by extending to more effects, more penetrates into the being of each particular effect. This makes it the opposite of a predicate, which by extending to more particulars, tells us less and less about them.

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1 Comment

  1. February 1, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    Just Thomism writes : “Where there is one thing that is not a union of some multitude, neither is there a cause of that one thing”

    Please explain this in light of separate substances.


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