Analogy And Participation : Analogy

1201 WordsDec 5, 20155 Pages
Analogy and Participation Analogy, as viewed by Aristotle is a theory of general logic, the theory of predication, which has only to be applied to the notable case of being. St. Thomas, on the other hand, generally introduces it as a mode of logical predication, the mode that is neither univocal nor equivocal but in between (analogical). Focusing on St. Thomas’ philosophy, this section will determine how analogy can bring us to know God analogously. St. Thomas’ emphasis is on the analogy of being, a principle that makes for a better understanding of analogy, when speaking of existence or metaphysics and knowing true epistemology. This, in turn, leads us to God who is all truth and has always existed. Since God is existence itself and us as human beings are participants in His Divine plan, there is a vast separation of what the human intellect truly understands about the Creator. St. Thomas rightly claims that it is through our senses that we can get to know things but since God is beyond our senses, the finite mind cannot adequately describe the infinite being that is. God, as St. Thomas has said, is pure existence in act since it can only be grasped through examples and illustrations. Potency belonging to those primary analogous notions that cannot be defined and act that cannot be grasped, reveals one another with the understanding that act is included in every notion of potency but does not necessarily imply potency. Act, according to Aristotle, is prior
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