Wednesday, May 05, 2010

1a 2ae q28 a6: Whether love is cause of all that the lover does? Yes.

Omne agens, quodcumque sit, agit quamcumque actionem ex aliquo amore, quia omne agens agit propter finem aliquem, ut supra dictum est. Finis autem est bonum desideratum et amatum unicuique.

Every agent, whatever it be, does every action from love of some kind, because every agent acts for an end, as stated above (q1 a2); but the end is the good desired and loved by each one.

Nos autem loquimur nunc de amore communiter accepto, prout comprehendit sub se amorem intellectualem, rationalem, animalem, naturalem.

Here we are speaking of love in a general sense, inasmuch as it includes intellectual, rational, animal, and natural love.

Omnis actio quae procedit ex quacumque passione, procedit etiam ex amore, sicut ex prima causa. Unde non superfluunt aliae passiones, quae sunt causae proximae.

Every act proceeding from any passion, proceeds also from love as from a first cause; and so the other passions, which are proximate causes, are not superfluous.

Dionysius dicit, IV cap. de Div. Nom., quod "propter amorem boni omnia agunt quaecumque agunt".

Dionysius says (Div. Nom. iv) that "all things, whatever they do, they do for the love of good."