Of God and His Creatures

Upon careful study of this chapter, it appears that there is little in the above statement which St Thomas really disagrees with. He makes his own all the description of the 'passive intellect.' Only the conclusion he finds fault with; and to mark what he holds objectionable, I have printed it in italics. Habits of knowledge he would place in the 'potential intellect.' The passive intellect is and must be exercised in the acquirement of knowledge to prepare the materials: but it can do no more than prepare: the intellectual assimilation of those materials belongs to a higher power, to intellect proper.

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