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Why real distinction in God gives act and potency composition

So Thomists believe that there are no real distinction between perfections in God as He is pure act and He isn't composed in any manner. But Im not getting how real distinctions between perfections ...
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Who first said: "Never deny, seldom affirm, always distinguish"?

In the context of medieval scholastic disputations, what is the origin of the axiom "Never deny, seldom affirm, always distinguish" ("Numquam negare, raro affirmare, semper distinguere&...
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I would like to learn about theory of supposition. Can you recommend any good books/video/etc about it?

I encountered following syllogism as an example of false equitation: Man is a species Socrates is a man Therefore, Socrates is a species The text ("An Introduction to Traditional Logic" by ...
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What are some examples of inmanent causes and effects in everyday nature?

Reading Spinoza's Ethics I find myself fascinated by the distinction bewteen inmanent cause and transitive cause. In the Ethics comes like so: E1 PROP. 18. God is the indwelling and not the transient ...
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What does mean “realitas objectiva” in scholastic ontology?

Descartes uses the term in his third meditation (Med. III) to demonstrate the existence of God, see a previous question. The term “realitas objectiva” is a technical term from scholastic ontology. ...
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Does absolute eternality entail timelessness?

Assuming one is committed to the idea that an actual infinite amount of time can never pass, does eternality entail timelessness?
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Is modern mathematics scholasticism?

I have thought a lot a about mathematics and it's foundations. There have been several attempts to give it a solid foundation, and they all failed. Frege / Russell logical atomist approach failed, ...
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Within scholastics, how does animals' perception work, when compared to humans' apprehension of universals?

In the study of scholastic philosophy, I'm struggling with this question for a while: It seems like dogs do know what dogs are. Aquinas states that animals have perception, capable of complex ...
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On the ontology of ideas

There's a useful summary of the subject of universals in the public domain Encyclopedia.com. In it, we read: Realist and conceptualist theories of universals are, by long tradition, regarded as ...