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Monday, August 30, 2010

0137: The Self-Evident Connotation of the Actus Essendi (IV)

Entry 0137: The Self-Evident Connotation of the Actus Essendi (IV)



Even as gravitation was operative in nature before Newton formulated the Law of Gravitation, the metaphysical principles of essence and actus essendi were present in reality all the time.

Before Newton, the experience of gravitation was interpreted as if there were several forces acting in nature. Newton’s contribution to our knowledge of nature was that he saw gravitation as a universal phenomenon.

Before Aquinas, the demonstrations of the existence of God were based on the observation of the fact of existence. Aquinas elevated the reasoning to a higher plane with the discovery of the metaphysical principle of actus essendi.