Aristotle on the reason why some
only accept material causes:
"We are dazzled by clear objects of nature,
as owls are dazzled by the light of the sun."
One reason some of metaphysics is not
grasped well is supplied by Thomas
" due to the weakness of the intellect."
Also: the"Slenderest knowledge that may
be obtained of highest things is more
desirable than certain knowledge of the
lesser" -Question 1. Fifth argument, Reply
We should study Aquinas; we would
benefit from this statement about animate
beings, i.e. animals:
"A body is either animate or inanimate; and
an animal body is manifestly nobler than
any inanimate being. But an animal body is
not animate precisely as a body; otherwise
all bodies would be animate."
Q. 3 Art 1, Sed Contra.
The above should tell us also that intellect
and consciousness are not conscious
precisely as a body (material) ; otherwise
all bodies would be conscious. We could
also add other human attributes such as
reasoning and self reflection, for they are
not that way because they are bodies, for
then all bodies would be reasoning and self
reflecting.. Ergo... There is an added reality
to the material which makes man as man.