AQUINAS HYBRID - THOMAS AQUINAS With what question does the Meno begin Thessalians were famous for what Whether the existence of God is

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THOMAS AQUINAS Whether the existence of God is self-evident? Objection 1. It seems that the existence of God is self- evident. Now those things are said to be self-evident to us the knowledge of which is naturally implanted in us, as we can see in regard to first principles. But as Damascene says (De Fide Orth. i, 1,3), "the knowledge of God is naturally implanted in all." Therefore the existence of God is self-evident. Objection 2. Further, those things are said to be self- evident which are known as soon as the terms are known, which the Philosopher (1 Poster. iii) says is true of the first principles of demonstration. Thus, when the nature of a whole and of a part is known, it is at once recognized that every whole is greater than its part. But as soon as the signification of the word "God" is understood, it is at once seen that God exists. For by this word is signified that thing than which nothing greater can be conceived. But that which exists actually and mentally is greater than that which exists
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