But the same movable thing passes through the medium and reaches the end. Further, the likeness of the agent is received into the patient according to the nature of the patient. Reasoning, therefore, is compared to understanding, as movement is to rest, or acquisition to possession; of which one belongs to the perfect, the other to the imperfect. I answer that, The necessity for admitting a passive intellect in us is derived from the fact that we understand sometimes only in potentiality, and not actually. Now contingent and necessary are generically different, as corruptible and incorruptible. And in this way not only he who is ill is said to be passive, but also he who is healed; not only he that is sad, but also he that is joyful; or whatever way he be altered or moved. For sometimes they assign four intellects—namely, the "active" and "passive" intellects, the intellect "in habit," and the "actual" intellect. But this opinion is clearly opposed to the teaching of Aristotle. What is the distinction between the active and passive intellect? And this is not incompatible with the intellectual nature: for such an act of understanding, though something individual, is yet an immaterial act, as we have said above of the intellect (I:76:1; and therefore, as the intellect understands itself, though it be itself an individual intellect, so also it understands its act of understanding, which is an individual act, in the past, present, or future. Reply to Objection 3. Therefore all agree in one active intellect. According, therefore, to this supposition, nothing is preserved in the intellectual part that is not actually understood: wherefore it would not be possible to admit memory in the intellectual part. Further, "actions came before powers," as the Philosopher says (De Anima ii, 4). And therefore the Divine intellect is not in potentiality, but is pure act. But imagination and sense are distinct powers. It would seem that the reason is a distinct power from the intellect. This is made clear from the fact, that at first we are only in potentiality to understand, and afterwards we are made to understand actually. Wherefore the human soul derives its intellectual light from Him, according to Psalm 4:7, "The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, is signed upon us.". Now the passive intellect is said to be separate, because it is not the act of any corporeal organ. But the active intellect is "separate," as the Philosopher says (De Anima iii, 5). in princ. Yes. (2) If it be a power, whether it is a passive power? On the contrary, The distinction of active and passive intellect in us is in relation to the phantasms, which are compared to the passive intellect as colors to the sight; but to the active intellect as colors to the light, as is clear from De Anima iii, text.18. Now, potentiality has a double relation to act. Wherefore we must say that in the soul is some power derived from a higher intellect, whereby it is able to light up the phantasms. And thus with us to understand is to be passive. Objection 4. And when it goes on in search of what it "intends," it is called "invention." Or, if we refer those words to the active intellect, then they are said because it is not owing to the active intellect that sometimes we do, and sometimes we do not understand, but to the intellect which is in potentiality. But intelligence is an act separate from others attributed to the intellect. Reply to Objection 3. And this befits the active intellect inasmuch as it is immaterial. Thus the active power is compared to its object as a being in act is to a being in potentiality; whereas the passive power, on the contrary, is compared to its object as being in potentiality is to a being in act. Therefore "synderesis" is a power. But conscience is a subject of sin; for it is said of some that "their mind and conscience are defiled" (Titus 1:15). Memory, if considered as retentive of species, is not common to us and other animals. Objection 4. Reply to Objection 4. xii, 2,3,8) that "beasts can sense corporeal things through the senses of the body, and commit them to memory." But the active intellect is "separate," as the Philosopher says (De Anima iii, 5). Further, agent and patient suffice for action. But the soul has many other powers, such as the sensitive and nutritive powers, and therefore the comparison fails. But the Philosopher (De Anima iii) attributes this to the intellect, as we have said (Article 6, Reply to Objection 1). But the intellect in itself is retentive of species, without the association of any corporeal organ. Reply to Objection 3. Therefore, since our intellect is in potentiality to things intelligible, it seems that we cannot say that the intellect is active, but only that it is passive. For this reason Aristotle (De Anima iii, 5) compared the active intellect to light, which is something received into the air: while Plato compared the separate intellect impressing the soul to the sun, as Themistius says in his commentary on De Anima iii. Therefore, man has theseintellectual or intellective faculties: the active intellect, the intellect proper or passive intellect (called intellectus possibilis), and the will. For what is received into something is received according to the conditions of the recipient. But if the active intellect is something belonging to the soul, as one of its powers, we are bound to say that there are as many active intellects as there are souls, which are multiplied according to the number of men, as we have said above (I:76:2). Since, therefore, the unchangeable rules which guide our judgment belong to the reason as to its higher part, as Augustine says (De Trin. Reply to Objection 3. Objection 2. I answer that, The truth about this question depends on what we have already said (Article 4). Now a form is intelligible in act from the very fact that it is immaterial. But a power cannot be laid aside. But he calls the lower reason that which "is intent on the disposal of temporal things." And in this way Augustine puts the will in the mind; and the Philosopher, in the reason (De Anima iii, 9). Further, the Philosopher (De Anima iii, 5) says that the active intellect is a "substance in actual being." Further, agent and patient suffice for action. iii, 20) that "that in which man excels irrational animals is reason, or mind, or intelligence or whatever appropriate name we like to give it." Nom. And for this reason an angel is called a "mind" or an "intellect"; because his whole power consists in this. And therefore the Philosopher postulates two lesser parts of the soul—namely, the "scientific" and the "ratiocinative," not because they are two powers, but because they are distinct according to a different aptitude for receiving various habits, concerning the variety of which he inquires. "Passive intellect" is the name given by some to the sensitive appetite, in which are the passions of the soul; which appetite is also called "rational by participation," because it "obeys the reason" (Ethic. Wherefore the angelic intellect is always in act as regards those things which it can understand, by reason of its proximity to the first intellect, which is pure act, as we have said above. All those acts which Damascene enumerates belong to one power—namely, the intellectual power. Summa Theologiae, by St Thomas Aquinas, doctor of the Church. But he calls the lower reason that which "is intent on the disposal of temporal things." Moreover it reaches to the understanding of truth by arguing, with a certain amount of reasoning and movement. But nothing can be in potentiality and in act with regard to the same thing. Objection 1. Reply to Objection 2. 4. xii, 16) and Aristotle (De Anima iii, 5) says. Sense is sometimes taken for the power, and sometimes for the sensitive soul; for the sensitive soul takes its name from its chief power, which is sense. Therefore there is no active and passive intellect in the angel. But our soul does not always understand: sometimes it understands, sometimes it does not understand. Objection 3. The second one is even more serious. For the effect of the active intellect is to give light for the purpose of understanding. The conscience is said to be defiled, not as a subject, but as the thing known is in knowledge; so far as someone knows he is defiled. But every power flows from the essence of the soul. Wherefore it is clear that in the nutritive part all the powers are active, whereas in the sensitive part all are passive: but in the intellectual part, there is something active and something passive. Therefore the power which is the principle of this action must be something in the soul. Therefore memory is not in the intellectual part, but only in the sensitive. Reply to Objection 2. Thus, therefore, according to him, as soon as we cease to understand something actually, the species of that thing ceases to be in our intellect, and if we wish to understand that thing anew, we must turn to the active intellect, which he held to be a separate substance, in order that the intelligible species may thence flow again into our passive intellect. From this is taken the word "mens" [mind]. But according to Augustine they are distinguished by the functions of their actions, and according to their various habits: for wisdom is attributed to the higher reason, science to the lower. Wherefore every created intellect is not the act of all things intelligible, by reason of its very existence; but is compared to these intelligible things as a potentiality to act. This is the power which is denominated the passive intellect. Therefore there must needs be some higher intellect, by which the soul is helped to understand. On the contrary, The Philosopher assigns the intellectual faculty as a power of the soul (De Anima ii, 3). But the knowledge of these things belongs to the intellect. But if in the notion of memory we include its object as something past, then the memory is not in the intellectual, but only in the sensitive part, which apprehends individual things. “Intellect in this sense is separable, impassible, unmixed, since it is in its essential nature activity.…When intellect is set free from its present conditions, it appears as just what it is and nothing more: it alone is immortal… Objection 3. Reply to Objection 2. Because our soul's act of understanding is an individual act, existing in this or that time, inasmuch as a man is said to understand now, or yesterday, or tomorrow. Further, nothing is a subject of sin, except a power of the soul. Since the essence of the soul is immaterial, created by the supreme intellect, nothing prevents that power which it derives from the supreme intellect, and whereby it abstracts from matter, flowing from the essence of the soul, in the same way as its other powers. Further, the likeness of the agent is received into the patient according to the nature of the patient. Further, conscience must of necessity be either an act, a habit, or a power. But reason, which is proper to man, whence he is called a rational animal, is a power distinct from sense. Wherefore it is clear that Augustine does not take the above three for three powers; but by memory he understands the soul's habit of retention; by intelligence, the act of the intellect; and by will, the act of the will. I answer that, This word "intelligence" properly signifies the intellect's very act, which is to understand. The same is manifest from those things which are attributed to conscience. Article 7. Whether the speculative and practical intellects are distinct powers? Therefore also the speculative intellect differs from the practical. Therefore all agree in one active intellect. The "scientific" part, of which the Philosopher speaks, is not the same as the higher reason: for necessary truths are found even among temporal things, of which natural science and mathematics treat. The active mind is compared to a craft, while the passive … Therefore we must have, bestowed on us by nature, not only speculative principles, but also practical principles. That enumeration is made according to the order of actions, not according to the distinction of powers. Proverb. Since, therefore, necessary is the same as eternal, and temporal the same as contingent, it seems that what the Philosopher calls the "scientific" part must be the same as the higher reason, which, according to Augustine (De Trin. On the contrary, The Philosopher says (De Anima iii, 6) that "intelligence is of indivisible things in which there is nothing false." Thus intelligence is not distinct from intellect, as power is from power; but as act is from power. Wherefore he also says that reason alone belongs to the human race, as intelligence alone belongs to God, for it belongs to God to understand all things without any investigation. Therefore memory is not in the intellectual part, but only in the sensitive. Reply to Objection 1. i, 13). googletag.cmd.push(function(){googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1513315455001-0');}); Objection 4. All those acts which Damascene enumerates belong to one power—namely, the intellectual power. A[4] Whether there is an active and a passive intellect in an angel? The intellectual soul is indeed actually immaterial, but it is in potentiality to determinate species. For the intellect understands man, as man: and to man, as man, it is accidental that he exist in the present, past, or future. But angels are called "minds" and "intellects." Memory, if considered as retentive of species, is not common to us and other animals. Wherefore it is clear that Augustine does not take the above three for three powers; but by memory he understands the soul's habit of retention; by intelligence, the act of the intellect; and by will, the act of the will. Therefore it seems that conscience is a power. The practical intellect is a motive power, not as executing movement, but as directing towards it; and this belongs to it according to its mode of apprehension. Reply to Objection 1. i, 2). Therefore the active intellect is not something in our soul. Reply to Objection 1. For conscience, according to the very nature of the word, implies the relation of knowledge to something: for conscience may be resolved into "cum alio scientia," i.e. 2,3,18. ii) that "the first movement is called intelligence; but that intelligence which is about a certain thing is called intention; that which remains and conforms the soul to that which is understood is called invention, and invention when it remains in the same man, examining and judging of itself, is called phronesis [that is, wisdom], and phronesis if dilated makes thought, that is, orderly internal speech; from which, they say, comes speech expressed by the tongue." Objection 3. On the contrary, Augustine says (De Trin. And in like manner the intellectual soul is sometimes called intellect, as from its chief power; and thus we read (De Anima i, 4), that the "intellect is a substance." We shall understand this clearly if we consider their respective actions. Further, if the active intellect is something in the soul, it must be a power. Therefore conscience is a power. This is so simply because our perception, on one side, is a form of subtle energy with a specific frequency, as in the case of two perceptual realities that I mentioned above. And this befits the active intellect inasmuch as it is immaterial. But according to Augustine they are distinguished by the functions of their actions, and according to their various habits: for wisdom is attributed to the higher reason, science to the lower. iii, 20) that "that in which man excels irrational animals is reason, or mind, or intelligence or whatever appropriate name we like to give it." operative. Objection 1. But "synderesis" and sensuality seem to be opposed to one another because "synderesis" always incites to good; while sensuality always incites to evil: whence it is signified by the serpent, as is clear from Augustine (De Trin. But as concerns the intellectual part, the past is accidental, and is not in itself a part of the object of the intellect. Therefore it is also distinct from the intellect. Reply to Objection 1. Because our soul's act of understanding is an individual act, existing in this or that time, inasmuch as a man is said to understand now, or yesterday, or tomorrow. It would seem that the higher and lower reason are distinct powers. Further, according to Gregory, in a homily for the Ascension (xxix in Ev. Objection 2. Much more, therefore, all the intellectual powers, which are the highest, are active. And this is not incompatible with the intellectual nature: for such an act of understanding, though something individual, is yet an immaterial act, as we have said above of the intellect (I:76:1; and therefore, as the intellect understands itself, though it be itself an individual intellect, so also it understands its act of understanding, which is an individual act, in the past, present, or future. Hence there is not need for admitting an active and a passive intellect in them. Memory, therefore, knows a thing under a condition of a fixed time; which involves knowledge under the conditions of "here" and "now." Article 12. On the contrary, The Philosopher says (De Anima iii, 4) that "to understand is in a way to be passive.". Therefore the higher reason is another power than the lower. D, 1) that memory, intellect, and will are three powers, this is not in accordance with the meaning of Augustine, who says expressly (De Trin. And accordingly, whatever passes from potentiality to act, may be said to be passive, even when it is perfected. According, therefore, to this supposition, nothing is preserved in the intellectual part that is not actually understood: wherefore it would not be possible to admit memory in the intellectual part. Reply to Objection 2. Neither must we say, without any qualification, that a power, by which the intellect knows necessary things, is distinct from a power by which it knows contingent things: because it knows both under the same objective aspect—namely, under the aspect of being and truth. This is evident both from the very name and from those things which in the common way of speaking are attributed to conscience. xii, 2), it seems that "synderesis" is the same as reason: and thus it is a power. ], the "natural power of judgment," and Damascene [De Fide Orth. Wherefore it follows not that the intellect is the substance of the soul, but that it is its virtue and power. Aquinas argues that this opinion is inconsistent with what Aristotle says in the de anima. Active intellect: builds up universal concepts in your mind (i.e. Now, the passive intellect is said to be each thing, inasmuch as it receives the intelligible species of each thing. The passive intellect receives and retains the intelligible species presented to it by the active intellect. Therefore in the angels the power of knowledge is not of a different genus from that which is in the human reason, but is compared to it as the perfect to the imperfect. The Philosopher says those words not of the active intellect, but of the intellect in act: of which he had already said: "Knowledge in act is the same as the thing." And such a division is recognized even by the philosophers. Reply to Objection 3. But if the agent does not pre-exist, the disposition of the recipient has nothing to do with the matter. Therefore the intellectual power is not passive. And therefore in order to understand them, the immaterial nature of the passive intellect would not suffice but for the presence of the active intellect which makes things actually intelligible by way of abstraction. On the contrary, From its nature the memory is the treasury or storehouse of species. And there is another potentiality which is not always in act, but proceeds from potentiality to act; as we observe in things that are corrupted and generated. But the intellect which is in potentiality to things intelligible, and which for this reason Aristotle calls the "possible" intellect (De Anima iii, 4) is not passive except in the third sense: for it is not an act of a corporeal organ. Further, the intellectual power is incorruptible, as we have said above (I:79:6). Now the intellect in act implies understanding in act; and therefore the intellect actually understands all things of which it has the species. But the past is said of something with regard to a fixed time. God is said to be not just a “first cause”, but also a “sustaining cause”. And from the practice and habit of turning to the active intellect there is formed, according to him, a certain aptitude in the passive intellect for turning to the active intellect; which aptitude he calls the habit of knowledge. Firstly, in its most strict sense, when from a thing is taken something which belongs to it by virtue either of its nature, or of its proper inclination: as when water loses coolness by heating, and as when a man becomes ill or sad. For conscience, according to the very nature of the word, implies the relation of knowledge to something: for conscience may be resolved into "cum alio scientia," i.e. It would seem that the intellect is not a passive power. And therefore angels, who according to their nature, possess perfect knowledge of intelligible truth, have no need to advance from one thing to another; but apprehend the truth simply and without mental discussion, as Dionysius says (Div. Wherefore all men enjoy in common the power which is the principle of this action: and this power is the active intellect. Wherefore the Philosopher says (De Anima iii, 4) that "the soul is the seat of the species, not the whole soul, but the intellect. And in each case "passive" may be taken in the two first senses; forasmuch as this so-called intellect is the act of a corporeal organ. But the speculative intellect is merely an apprehensive power; while the practical intellect is a motive power. Therefore, seemingly, intelligence is a distinct power from intellect, as reason is a distinct power from imagination or sense. Therefore it seems that the soul must be intellectual through its essence. But there is no need for it to be identical in all. Arb. xii, 16) and Aristotle (De Anima iii, 5) says. Reply to Objection 1. Whether the reason is distinct from the intellect? Therefore, seemingly, intelligence is a distinct power from intellect, as reason is a distinct power from imagination or sense. active intellect is another form Ibn Ezra describes as the passive intellect This form of intellect is considered to be above the active intellect and superior entirely misconceived the Aristotelian theory of the active and the passive intellect In On the Immortality of the Soul Pomponazzi argued specifically Reply to Objection 5. And so it is evident that with us to understand is "in a way to be passive"; taking passion in the third sense. Now, the intellect regards its object under the common ratio of being: since the passive intellect is that "in which all are in potentiality." Wherefore some held that this intellect, substantially separate, is the active intellect, which by lighting up the phantasms as it were, makes them to be actually intelligible. It would seem that memory is not in the intellectual part of the soul. Now among these lower things nothing is more perfect than the human soul. …passive intellect, the second the active intellect, of which Aristotle speaks tersely. Article 13. I answer that, As has been said above (I:77:3), the powers of the soul are distinguished by the different formal aspects of their objects: since each power is defined in reference to that thing to which it is directed and which is its object. Wherefore in God alone is His intellect His essence: while in other intellectual creatures, the intellect is power. But memory is common to man and beast, for he says (De Trin. Aquinas and the Active Intellect. This objection is verified of passion in the first and second senses, which belong to primary matter. For it is neither a passion nor a habit; since habits and passions are not in the nature of agents in regard to the passivity of the soul; but rather passion is the very action of the passive power; while habit is something which results from acts. And he proves this from the principle that for those things which are "generically different, generically different parts of the soul are ordained." But in the third sense passion is in anything which is reduced from potentiality to act. Therefore it is not multiplied in the many human bodies, but is one for all men. But three of these are distinct, as three states of the passive intellect, which is sometimes in potentiality only, and thus it is called passive; sometimes it is in the first act, which is knowledge, and thus it is called intellect in habit; and sometimes it is in the second act, which is to consider, and thus it is called intellect in act, or actual intellect. Christianity - Christianity - Aristotle and Aquinas: Although Neoplatonism was the major philosophical influence on Christian thought in its early period and has never ceased to be an important element within it, Aristotelianism also shaped Christian teachings. Therefore it seems that intelligence is some special power. And such is the necessity for an active intellect. The answer is clear from what we have said. In other words, the same intellect which, when in the act of actually abstracting intelligible species is called active, is called passive, possible or material so far as it is acted upon, is potential, and furnishes that out of which ideas are fabricated. I answer that, The higher and lower reason, as they are understood by Augustine, can in no way be two powers of the soul. Therefore the speculative and practical intellects are not distinct powers. It has also been said above (I:59:4) that if any power by its nature be directed to an object according to the common ratio of the object, that power will not be differentiated according to the individual differences of that object: just as the power of sight, which regards its object under the common ratio of color, is not differentiated by differences of black and white. Reply to Objection 2. I answer that, The truth about this question depends on what we have already said (Article 4). Objection 1. Therefore memory does not belong to the intellectual part of the soul. Reply to Objection 2. In like manner, the opposition of sensuality to "syneresis" is an opposition of acts, and not of the different species of one genus. Objection 3. For we find an intellect whose relation to universal being is that of the act of all being: and such is the Divine intellect, which is the Essence of God, in which originally and virtually, all being pre-exists as in its first cause. The reason of which is that, as we have said above (I:77:3), what is accidental to the nature of the object of a power, does not differentiate that power; for it is accidental to a thing colored to be man, or to be great or small; hence all such things are apprehended by the same power of sight. We must therefore assign on the part of the intellect some power to make things actually intelligible, by abstraction of the species from material conditions. iv, 6), that intellect is compared to reason, as eternity to time. F. Innocentius Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor. But the appetitive power agrees partly with the intellectual power and partly with the sensitive in its mode of operation either through a corporeal organ or without it: for appetite follows apprehension. And such is the necessity for an active intellect. Objection 1. Objection 2. It seems, therefore, that "synderesis" is a power just as sensuality is. Therefore the reason is distinct from the intellect, as imagination is from sense. The active intellect is the cause of the universal, by abstracting it from matter. Objection 1. For Augustine says (De Trin. But if the active intellect is something belonging to the soul, as one of its powers, we are bound to say that there are as many active intellects as there are souls, which are multiplied according to the number of men, as we have said above (I:76:2). For sometimes they assign four intellects—namely, the "active" and "passive" intellects, the intellect "in habit," and the "actual" intellect. According to Aquinas, all humans endure this … operative. But in God alone His action of understanding is His very Being. And in this way not only he who is ill is said to be passive, but also he who is healed; not only he that is sad, but also he that is joyful; or whatever way he be altered or moved. It would seem that the intelligence is another power than the intellect. 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