CHAPTERS 4, 5 GUIDE TO THR PERPLEXED
1. Explain the concept of adequatio.
The concept of adequatio is one of the Great Truths, which defines the knowledge and understanding that there is an “adequate” instrument of knowing for every object of being to be known.
2. “As regards the bodily senses, all healthy people posses a very similar endowment, but no one could possible overlook the fact that there are significant differences in the power and reach of people’s minds”. Explain.
The statement explains that not everyone is equally endowed significantly with some power; people have different values and talents. Someone that is “adequate” to music loves going to opera and understands its symphonies thoroughly, and someone who loves to play soccer would not go to operas and enjoy them as much as the first person.
3. “We are not entitled to assume that we are necessarily adequate to everything, at all times, and in whatever condition we may find ourselves, so we are not entitled to insist that something inaccessible to us has no existence at all and is nothing but a phantom of other people’s imaginations”. Explain.
Even though we may not be adequate or be able to perform something, we should not dismiss it. Just because we may not have the adequate instrument of knowing and fulfilling it, we should not discard its existence.
4. What determines the grade of significance with which we approach something?
The grade of significance is determined not by the tangible and physical circumstances of something, but by one’s mind, intelligence and faith. People forget that speech and facts is only partial, but only the mind and faith goes beyond the external, and explores the internal.
5. What happens when we apply the wrong grade of significance to something? Do we just get it wrong?
When the level of significance is not... [continues]
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