Thomism without perfection

0.) Our greatest impediment to understanding Thomisim, especially his theology, is that we want to understand it without the idea of perfection. This creates a strange set of translations of classical ideas into contemporary discussions. In the Aristotelian tradition perfection is foundational and therefore indefinable, demanding continual vision and cultivation as distinct  from reductive analysis.

1.) When being is not seen as a perfection, we lose the sense of pure or unmixed being and replace it with necessity.

2.) Divine simplicity or pure act is not seen as God’s transcendence or eminence with respect to his various attributes but as the “identity of God with his attributes”.

3.) The indifference of the will to a later determination is not seen as an imperfection within the act of choice.

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