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Citation Information for “Thomas Aquinas, ‘The Argument from Necessity.’”

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“Aquinas believes that a being which exists-of-necessity cannot be a material individual; cannot have any intrinsic accidental properties; cannot, therefore, change in any way; and cannot be an individual of any given species or genus. Hence, an absolutely necessary being does not have a nature in any straightforward sense at all. In short, a being which exists-of-necessity cannot be something whose existence actualises a real potentiality, and each of the features in this list entails the possession of such a potentiality.” Gerald J. Hughes, The Nature of God (London: Taylor & Francis, 1995), 45.

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