The Metaphysics of the School Volume 3; (PT.1) Book 5 [Cont'd] Causes of Being

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...them under another genus of Quality. II. The Second Member asserts, that certain qualities under the first three genera are capable of becoming Efficient Causes. This proposition is equivalent to two; viz. that there are qualities under each of these subaltern genera, which can exercise Efficient Causality, ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...them under another genus of Quality. II. The Second Member asserts, that certain qualities under the first three genera are capable of becoming Efficient Causes. This proposition is equivalent to two; viz. that there are qualities under each of these subaltern genera, which can exercise Efficient Causality, and that, in each of the same three, there are other qualities which cannot exercise such causality. Let us determine each under the respective divisions. i. To take the genus of Disposition and Habit: It is perfectly plain, that intellectual-and moral habits are capable of Efficient Causality; for this is the reason of their being. It is their nature to assist the faculties of intellect and will respectively, in eliciting their acts with greater ease. There are natural, or physical, habits on the contrary, which are incapable of such causality. Of such kind is, for instance, a healthy habit of body. Yet the same cannot be said of all physical habits; for the athletic habit is obviously active. Many Dispositions are likewise active; but by no means all. For acts which belong to this genus are included under Dispositions. Now, inasmuch as acts dispose the faculty towards a habit; in such respect, they are causal. Hence, between intellectual or moral habits and intellectual or moral acts there is a causal reciprocity; for habits produce acts, and acts produce habits. But there are many acts which do not generate habits, and are not Efficient Causes; as, for instance, all acts of sensile perception. To this statement, however, it may with some apparent reason be objected, that acts of sensile perception often do generate habits. Thus, the eye of an artist gets habituated by practice to the perception of delicate nuances of colour and form, which would pass ...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150392177
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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