The science of the Ipsum Esse subsistens


Serge-Thomas Bonino, o. p


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 68, Issue 157, 2019, pages 11-23




In the 13th century, the question of divine science focused on the problem of its extension, that is, on the justification of divine omniscience. Because of the principle that God knows creatures by knowing himself as their cause, all agree to recognize a link between the extension of divine science and that of divine causality. However, since the inherent effect of divine causality is being, only the Thomas conception of being as an intensive act, “act of acts”, allows the universality of divine causality and, consequently, omniscience to be founded on account of it.

Key words:

divine omniscience, creation, act of being, Thomas Aquinas.


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