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The Philosophical Approach to GodA New Thomistic Perspective, 2nd Revised Edition$
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W. Norris Clarke

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227198

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227198.001.0001

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Ascent to God through Participation Metaphysics

Ascent to God through Participation Metaphysics

(p.48) Ascent to God through Participation Metaphysics
The Philosophical Approach to God


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This chapter discusses ascent to God through Thomistic participation metaphysics and the analogical language built upon it. The first argument moves in a single step from the beings of human experience, taken simply as many and existing to a single Infinite Source of all being and all perfection. The second argument talks about the path from the finite to the Infinite. The chapter concludes that causal explanation is another expression for the radical openness of the mind from within the narrow circle of its own inner experience to the vast world of the not-yet-experienced surrounding environment of being, insofar as the latter manifests itself as the basic and important support and ground for all experience.

Keywords:   ascent, God, Thomism, participation metaphysics, Infinite Source, causal explanation, human experience

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