Einstein and Aquinas: A Rapprochement

Einstein and Aquinas: A Rapprochement

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Now how would things be intelligible if they did not proceed from an intelligence? In the last analy sis a Primal Intelligence must exist, which is itself Intellection and Intelligibility in pure act, and which is the first principle of intelligibility and essences of things, and causes order to exist in them, as well as an infinitely complex network of regular relationships, whose fundamental mysterious unity our reason dreams of rediscovering in its own way. Such an approach to God's existence is a variant of Thomas Aquinas' fifth way. Its impact was secretly present in Einstein's famous saying: qGod does not play dice, q which, no doubt, used the word God in a merely figurative sense, and meant only: qnature does not result from a throw of the dice, q yet the very fact implicitly postulated the existence of the divine Intellect. Jacques Maritain God's creation is the insistence on the dependence of qepistemologyq on ontology; man's acknow ledgement of creation is an insistence on the episte mological recovery of ontology.I answer without hesitation that there is, in my opinion, a right way, and that we are capable of finding it. ... A logical conceptual system is physics insofar as its concepts and assertions are necessarily brought into relationship with the world of experiences. ... the system one can lose every contact with the world of experience.28 Time after time, Einstein is to stress the awful complexity of scientific knowing, anbsp;...

Title:Einstein and Aquinas: A Rapprochement
Author:J.F. Kiley
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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