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Unformatted text preview: Ia IIae q. 3 a. 8 Whether mans happiness consists in the vision of the divine essence? Objection 1. It would seem that mans happiness does not consist in the vision of the Divine Essence. For Dionysius says (Myst. eol. i) that by that which is highest in his intellect, man is united to God as to something altogether unknown. But that which is seen in its essence is not altogether unknown. erefore the nal perfection of the intellect, namely, happi- ness, does not consist in God being seen in His Essence. Objection 2. Further, the higher the perfection belongs to the higher nature. But to see His own Essence is the perfection proper to the Divine intellect. erefore the nal perfection of the human intellect does not reach to this, but consists in something less. On the contrary, It is written (1 Jn. 3:2): When He shall appear, we shall be like to Him; and [Vulg.: because] we shall see Him as He is. I answer that, Final and perfect happiness can consist in nothing else than the vision of the Divine Essence. To makenothing else than the vision of the Divine Essence....
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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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