Malebranche and Cajetan, pt. ii

We can meet a few of the lesser Malebrancian objections to the agent intellect by claiming that the agent intellect is a natural power, and therefore, like all natural powers, it is subconscious or (to use the modern term) “blind”. This would explain why this agency is not conscious of the paradigm by which it works and why we have no knowledge of an agent intellect by introspection. This does not meet the most basic problem in the very operation that the agent intellect is posited to perform: spiritualizing the material. The basic objection is that the process is incoherent, and is more or less the equivalent of making an angel from a stone.

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