The sentence with which I end my translation of this passage, the conclusion of argument G6, is not the final conclusion of Aquinas's argument, which, like the other arguments of chapter 15, is intended to show that God is eternal. Accordingly, his complete argument includes these two additional sentences: 'And that is God, since he is the first cause, as has been shown. Therefore, God is eternal, since everything necessary through itself is eternal.' I'm leaving out the first of those two sentences because I'm now concerned with Alpha rather than with God, and because I'm only end p.95
Kretzmann, Norman , (deceased) formerly Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Cornell University, New York
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