Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being:
Part 1, Chapter 08.
- ON NATURA NATURANS
Here, before we proceed to something else, we shall
briefly divide the whole of Nature -- namely, into Natura
naturans and Natura naturata. By
Natura naturans we understand a being that we
conceive clear and distinctly through itself, and without
needing anything beside itself (like all the attributes which
we have so far described), that is, God. The Thomists
likewise understand God by it, but their Natura
naturans was a being (so they called it) beyond all
The Natura naturata we shall divide into two,
a general, and a particular. The general consists of
all the modes which depend immediately on God, of which we shall
treat in the following chapter; the particular consists of all
the particular things which are produced by the general
mode. So that the Natura naturata requires some
substance [N1] in order to be well understood.
[Note N1]: A: substances; B: substance.