19) The fixedness or certainty of seeing derives from the natural fit between the intellect and the evidentness of the truth, so it is not merely a psychological feature but also an epistemic feature of the knower.
Demons are smarter and more knowledgeable than we are, and have more experience with prophetic predictions, so alternative explanations of the miracle and its relation to the prophet's prediction that a human might consider are not open to the demon: demon faith is super-strong testimonial opinion which compels assent "by the evidentness of signs" (82) and "by the perspicacity of [the demon's] natural intellect.
And Aquinas identifies three different kinds of certainty relevant to determination of the intellect: certitude of evidentness, when the object is seen; certitude of adhesion, when the will is fully determined to assent; and certitude of cause, when the cause of one's assent is perfectly reliable or efficacious (as in the case of divinely infused Christian faith).
9, ad 4: "The demons do not assent voluntarily to the things they are said to believe, but are coerced by the evidentness of signs [sed coacti evidentia signorum], from which they are convinced that what the faithful believe is true, although those signs do not make visible what is believed so that through them they could be said to have vision of the things they believe.
An ethics that, like a platonic one, "takes the evidentness
of the good as its point of departure leaves no room for rhetoric as the theory and practice of influencing behavior on the assumption that we do not have access to definitive evidence of the good" (62).
For research of influencing of technological convergence on development of information and communication technologies it is expedient to apply an index which is characterized evidentness
of result of influencing and is had logical dependence.
3) The presumption that time is (or lies in nothing but) objective succession ignores both the Augustinian tradition and the evidentness
with which for millennia humans have experienced and understood their worlds as past, present, and future.
While the supreme evidentness of clear and distinct perception is occurrent, the mind--even the pre-theistic mind cannot but assent to the proposition it perceives.
The supreme evidentness of pre-theistic, clear and distinct perception is apparent only while such perception is occurrent.
The role of the guarantee of clear and distinct perception is not to augment its evidentness,, but to guarantee that such evidentness entails truth.
In the first two of the three ways, the evidentness
of the mental sentence is such that its formation is not sufficient to bring about mi ensuing act of assent (in most cases an act of will is also required or the formation of other mental sentences).
Although this thesis [that the human intellect is not a material form] is absolutely true, and must be firmly maintained by faith, and although the arguments adduced for it are readily believable [probabiles], nevertheless, it is not apparent to me that they are demonstrative, [drawn] from principles having evidentness
[evidentiam habentibus] (leaving the faith aside), unless God with a grace that is special and outside the usual course of nature could make it evident to us, just as he could make evident to anyone the article of the Trinity or the Incarnation.