St. Thomas Aquinas's Theory of Potency and Act Essay by numero uno

St. Thomas Aquinas's Theory of Potency and Act
This paper discusses Aquinas's Theory of the Relationship between Potency and Act that states: Since some things can be, even though they are not, and some things now are; those which can be and are not believed to be potency.
# 16432 | 1,370 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 25, 2003 in Philosophy (History)

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The author uses the rules of logic to agree positively in support of St. Thomas Aquinas's theory regarding the relationship between potency and act. The paper also refers to other philosophers such as Aristotle, Rene Descarte, and Samuel Johnson.

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Definition of the Terms
Brief Summary of the Argument
Counter Argument

From the Paper:

"Thus to conclude in simple words, we say that it is the idea " potency -which is supreme and "real" and therefore substantial; while the act is only an accident by being its direct product. For the sake of elaboration, let us take the instance of Rene Descarte's theory of "I think; therefore, I am": he also believed that Idea " potency " came before the general act, and therefore is Perfect, while the latter being merely the replica is imperfect and merely an accident."

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