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5 Furthermore, the Philosopher says in VIII Metaphysica [6, 1045a 36] that if any substance is without matter, it is at once both being 1 Cf. De Ente et Essentia 5; In I Sent. d. 8, q. 5, a. * d. 3, q. 1, a. 1 (on the angels); d. 17, q. 1, a. 2 (on the soul): In Boethium De Trinitate 5, a. 4, ad 4; In Boeth. De Hebdomadibus lec. 2; Summa Contra Gentiles II, cap. 50, 51; De Potentia VI, 6, ad 4; Quodl. IX, a. 6 (on the angels); Summa Theologica I, q. 50, a. 2 (on the angels); q. 75, a. 5 (on the soul); Q.

6 But a created spiritual substance, such as an angel, is active while it is enlightening a lower angel and is passive while it is being enlightened by a higher angel. Similarly, there is in the soul the agent intellect (intellectus agens) and the possible intellect (intellectus possibilis). Therefore an angel as well as the soul is composed of matter and form. 17 Furthermore, every thing that is either is a pure act or a pure potency, or is something composed of act and potency. But a spiritual substance is not a pure act (for this is characteristic of God alone), nor is it a pure potency either.

Glorieux, op. , p. 9. , p. 17. 24Summa Theologica I, q. 89 a. 4; De Malo q. 16 a. 12, ad 1; De Unitate Intellectus 5, § 120. 25Bulletin Thomiste (1933) p 1091. Page 10 In conclusion, the evidence justifies no more than the following assumptions: that De Spiritualibus Creaturis was not written before 1266; that it may have been written in Italy between the years 12661268; that it more probably was written in Paris in 1269. IV. The Value of the Disputed Questions The Disputed Questions have long been considered among the important works of St.

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