Soul as substance (pt. 3)

Soul is substantial order. The puzzle is that order is a relation, relations are accidents, and accidents aren’t substantial. Any Thomist already sees the false premise: relations as relations aren’t accidents. This was the lynchpin of trinitarian theory even before Augustine.

As substantial order, soul is substantial relation. So regardless of whatever physical account we give of subsistent relation intersecting with the flow of non-living matter (as opposed to simply existing forever and arising on Earth by panspermia) the sacramental or mystical account is obvious: life itself, even in the biological sense, is the subsistent relation of the logos of life becoming incarnate into the world of the dead. And of course the tree of life started as a microbe in some warm little pond. It’s the mustard seed.

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2 Comments

  1. ALASTAIR BEATTIE said,

    August 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Tree of life is hylos the spun thread. Panspermia the psychon Brit SPR Society for Psychical Research. The Concrete Universal of Hegel. Mustard seed is the faithful anticipation of the non-predicable ousia.

  2. August 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    […] form is organization or order, that is a certain relation or […]


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