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Aqianas's third way?? help


Posted: 23-09-12 14:06 by TheComputerGeek

yes, i know aquanas`s third way

Basically Aquinas thrid way talks about necessity and contingency

He says that the world is made up of contingent things, and contingent things are things that need something for its existance, for example a building needs a designer in order for the building to actually exist.

So there must have been a time when all the contingent things that didnt exist and nothing can come from nothing yet things exist. Looking back at the building example, the designer, the necessary being must have existed in order for the thing which doesnt exist, which is the building, in order to bring the building to existance. The building cant just appear out of nothing because this is illogical and absurd!

 Therefore there must have been a necessary being out of time and space that doesnt need reply on other external things to exist.

This being is said to be God because God is said to be out of time and existsnce and doesnt need anyone else in order to exist since he is eternal/out of space and time. God is the only being which could bring contingent things, such as the universe into existance.

So what Aquinas is trying to say is that there must have been a necessary being which all the contingent things rely for its existance, because without the necessary being, the contingent, like the universe  would not come into existance by themselves, as its so complex

Aquinas third way is kinda hard, but the thing about philosophy is that you need to repeat it a couple of times with the help of examples in order to sink it in, and would later much more sence to you.

hope it was useful:)


Modified twice, last modified by ELectrica! on Mon 24th September, 2012 @ 13:52

Posted: 24-09-12 13:51 by ELectrica!

Thankyou very much leah :) & bdw thanks for all the other answers aswell i havent had time to say thankyou, your answers really helped alot! **

Posted: 26-09-12 21:50 by TheComputerGeek