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What Does Createdness Look Like?

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This chapter recalls the extent to which creation has been imported into philosophy from the domain of revealed religion. It argues that this is so from a remark of Thomas Aquinas concerning the word ‘creation,’ as he uses it in his discussions of causal origin of reality. Thomas is engaged in study of Divine Revelation, and he takes it as revealed not merely that God is thoroughly transcendent cause of all else, but that all reality other than God had a temporal beginning. After a first article on God’s universal efficient causality, Thomas points out that there can be no material cause involved in such production: God must be the efficient cause even of what serves as material for other modes of efficient causation. To understand Thomas’s doctrine of emanation fully, it would be necessary to consider all these causal aspects. The chapter is concerned with the efficient causal dimension.

Keywords: creation; divine revelation; efficient causation; emanation; God; Thomas Aquinas



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