Transcendence, part II

Every individual is both a sort of thing, and yet the two are not identical in every way. The sort of thing, taken as such, cannot perish, and yet it is true that every individual is the sort of thing it is.

This is the first sense of transcendence- the “what of a thing”. It cannot be viewed materially or according to a simple “inside the thing or outside the thing” view. The transcendence of the “what” is in one sense wholly within, and in another sense wholly outside the particular.

But there is another transcendence beyond the particular and what the particular is. There is also a transcendence which stands to the genera of all things as though they were the particulars. Call this “transcendental per se“. To understand this:

particular: what it is:: what it is (genus): transcendental per se

This analogy can only be taken so far- the transcendental is also wholly found within the particular, in the same way as “what it is” is. The transcendental is not a genus- for then it would have no difference from the genus or the “what it is”. The basis for this difference in the transcendentals is our understanding of all things as all.

The transcendental per se, called “the transcendentals”, are arranged in five orders: unity, thing, true, good, beautiful.

Unity negates division in the self.
Thing negates unity with another.
Truth affirms order to intellect.
Good affirms order to will.
Beauty needs to be dealt with later.

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