Poznanie ludzkie i nieskończona moc stwórcza Boga

Stanisław Judycki


Human Knowledge and God’s Infinitive Creative Power

In the history of philosophical reflection on the concept of knowledge one can notice, as it were, two opposites sides: at one side one can place knowledge possessed by the infinite intellect of God. Due to the omniscience He possesses He knows not only everything that exists, and what may exist, but above all in order to apprehend something He needs no stimulation from outside. One can here also add that categorizations made by infinite intellect are ‘final’ and unsurpassable. And what is equally important, His knowledge is possible without any means of categorizing. At the other side of the idea of knowledge one can put all these interpretative attempts, which claimed that we could get to the true picture of the world only then, if we could apprehend ‘pure’ impressions or phenomena, impressions or phenomena that are not subject to whatsoever categorization. Perhaps such consciousness of pure sensations have very young children to the time before they learn to use concepts. In this way only God and small children would have an access to the world as it really is, that is to say to the world ‘unchanged’ by any kind of categorization, whether semantic or non-semantic. In in this context I would like to consider how the traditional epistemological problem of realism and idealism can be understood, and how we can imagine the epistemic content of eternal life of human persons, especially if one takes into account that one aspect of God’s omnipotence may be expressed by the idea that omnipotence is an infinite creative power (potentia creativa).

Keywords: almightiness, human knowledge, semantical and transsemantical categorization.

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