Fourth Way

What is greater or less in the genus of quantity is not more perfect since it arises from the matter. What is greater or lesser in virtual quantity arises from form and therefore always has a paradigm, i.e. maximal perfection. For virtual quantity in a genus (i.e. quality) this form is a paradigm within nature or imagination, and like all things in nature (or a genus) it need not exist. For virtual quantities transcending a genus the paradigm is outside of nature and therefore exists necessarily.

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