How One Creature Moves Another

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How One Creature Moves Another

We next consider how one creature moves another. This consideration will be threefold:

  1. How the angels move, who are purely spiritual creatures;
  2. How bodies move;
  3. How man moves, who is composed of a spiritual and a corporeal nature.
Concerning the first point, there are three things to be considered:
  1. How an angel acts on an angel;
  2. How an angel acts on a corporeal nature;
  3. How an angel acts on man.
The first of these raises the question of the enlightenment and speech of the angels; and of their mutual coordination, both of the good and of the bad angels.Concerning their enlightenment there are four points of inquiry:
  1. Whether one angel moves the intellect of another by enlightenment?
  2. Whether one angel moves the will of another?
  3. Whether an inferior angel can enlighten a superior angel?
  4. Whether a superior angel enlightens an inferior angel in all that he knows himself?