To resolve this tension, Eleonore Stump proposes quantum theology, whereby we are able to attribute contradictory predicates to a thing of which we have no quidditative
knowledge; so God then can be seen as esse itself and as an ens.
Mansini asserts, "If the desire is innate, an inclination of the will or the nature itself, a preconscious inclining and tending to quidditative
knowledge of God that is prior to knowledge, then the desire is also unconditional and absolute." (58) But he offers no argument for this assertion.
Essentia is the nature belonging irrevocably to the being of this actuality as the foundation of the quidditative
determinateness of such an existent."
The article constitutes a conceptual and quidditative
examination that addresses the question: what is researcher development?
The distinction between faith and vision has its basis in the structure of the human intellect: faith apprehends the truths of revelation, but in the diminished way that yet anticipates quidditative
knowledge of God in the next life.
Arabic philosophy, notably in the context of discussions of the Meno paradox, but also in the context of the formulation of doctrines of primary conceptions, deals extensively with nonexistent objects, and presents the concept gay' to account for quidditative
content indifferent to actual existence or nonexistence.
Since the concept can never yield full quidditative
knowledge of God (in Maritain's words, "quidditatively quidditative
") then Aquinas must insist that we are joined to God quasi ignoto.
(12) This, I would speculate, is closely connected with another of Aquinas's distinctive and controverted positions, his denial that in this life human beings can arrive at quidditative
knowledge of God.
However, Aquinas also softens the extreme negative theology of Dionysius and his adherents, for his own negative theology is not a total and supreme unknowing which leaves us in pure ignorance of God but teaches instead that God always exceeds every kind of human knowledge.(17) He synthesizes his view of God's incomprehensibility in two theses: that no creature by its own natural powers can possess a quidditative
grasp of God's essence, which "remains totally unknown,"(18) but at best can know only that God is and what God is not;(19) and that no creature can ever possess a comprehensive, infinite grasp of the divine essence, even in the beatific vision.