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In his sixth-century paintings generally known as the De hebdomadibus, Boethius (ca. 480-524) poses the query of the way created issues or ingredients might be sturdy simply as they are--that is, stable simply by existing--without being kind of like the resource of all goodness, God, who's understood to be Goodness Itself. In his remark written within the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas units out to give an explanation for the matter Boethius is treating in addition to to explain Boethius's resolution. In doing so, in spite of the fact that, the Angelic physician indicates a extra built research of goodness, in response to his personal metaphysical viewpoint.

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61 In this dogmatic treatise Boethius did define “substantial predication,” but even in the absence of that definition his examples would make his meaning evident. Sometimes a little more reflection is required to ascertain the meaning of a term; still, fairly certain conclusions can be drawn. For example, we have seen that id quod est is used in the De trinitate for whatness, or essence. However, Boethius seems also to have a less technical sense for the equivalent term quod est. When he contrasts God and humans, pointing out that God is pure form, purely His essence, purely God, he says that, on the other hand, man is not simply or purely man, for what he is, quod est, he owes to other things which are not man, that is, which are not humanity (De trin.

2. 92. ICT, p. 33 (PL 64 1051); TD, p. 33 (PL 64 1176C), p. 46 (PL 64 1185A); see also Stump’s note 23, p. 113, and pp. 180–82. I N T RODUC T I O N lv are preferred to fewer,” Boethius notes that this is true of things in the same genus, but there are other considerations. l. things that are completely developed are naturally superior to things that are not completely developed, for those that are completely developed have attained their form, but those that are not completely developed have not.

Now we know from the other axioms that every finite and composite being, every id quod est that is not God, participates in its principle of being; it is not identical with it. If then, this principle somehow becomes good in the process of creation, the creature may be said to be good, not only substantially in the sense proposed above, but also by participation insofar as it participates in its form which is not identical with, but rather has or possesses, goodness. In the last part of the De hebdomadibus Boethius makes the following final points.

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