6-28-12

The Greeks saw that in tracing back a multitude to some cause we explained the unity of the multitude. STA saw that we explained the multitude as well, since no single member was an adequate imitation of its paradigm. Multiplicity is a response to superabundance.

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2 Comments

  1. Peter said,

    July 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

    If multitude as such is: ‘this is not that, and that is not this’, then what is there to explain? It seems to me that saying that one created being is inadequate and thus there must be others, is not the same as explaining multitude as such.

    • July 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

      multitude as such is: ‘this is not that, and that is not this’

      I’m taking multitude not as any result of diversity (and as it can be verified even of the Trinity) but as “the many”.

      one created being is inadequate and thus there must be others

      This is what I’d hope to say – it’s inadequate with respect to the power of the cause it proceeds from. One can express this in terms of ‘goodness” too, as STA does in ST I 47. 1-2, but the basic reality is the inadaquacy of an effect to its equivocal cause.


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