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Unformatted text preview: Ia IIae q. 2 a. 8 Whether any created good constitutes man’s happiness? Objection 1. It would seem that some created good con- stitutes man’s happiness. For Dionysius says (Div. Nom. vii) that Divine wisdom “unites the ends of ¡rst things to the be- ginnings of second things,” from which we may gather that the summit of a lower nature touches the base of the higher nature. But man’s highest good is happiness. Since then the angel is above man in the order of nature, as stated in Ia, q. 111, a. 1, it seems that man’s happiness consists in man somehow reaching the angel. Objection 2. Further, the last end of each thing is that which, in relation to it, is perfect: hence the part is for the whole, as for its end. But the universe of creatures which is called the macrocosm, is compared to man who is called the microcosm (Phys. viii, 2), as perfect to imperfect. erefore man’s happiness consists in the whole universe of creatures....
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2012 for the course PHIL 203 taught by Professor Errinclark during the Fall '11 term at MO St. Louis.
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