Aquinas's Five Ways

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Aquinas's Five Ways

Post by informer » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:43 am

Hello Guys ! In school we are reading about Aquinas's Five Ways (The Cosmological Argument) to prove God.

Now I have come across the fifth argument and I just cant find where the argument lies in this passage:

The fifth way is taken from the governance of the world. We see that things which lack intelligence, such as natural bodies, act for an end, and this is evident from their acting always, or nearly always, in the same way, so as to obtain the best result. Hence it is plain that not fortuitously, but designedly, do they achieve their end. Now whatever lacks intelligence cannot move towards an end, unless it be directed by some being endowed with knowledge and intelligence; as the arrow is shot to its mark by the archer. Therefore some intelligent beings exist by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God.


Could u guys help me find the argument in this ? And the premises on which Aquinas builds his argument?

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