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Perfection, the word comes from Latin perfectio and Perfect from Latin perfectus, from perficio–“to finish” and perfectio (n)–literally “a finishing”. The French parfait and perfection, the Italian perfetto and perfezione.

Degrees of Perfection include:

  • Paradoxes -two concepts, 1. strict perfection and 2. excellence, the greatest perfection is imperfection.
  • Perfect Numbers -Greeks call them teleioi, Plato states that 10 is the perfect number. Pythegoreans, mathematician philosopher proposed the number 6 as a perfect number being divisible in a special way.
  • Physics and Chemistry –many physical and chemical concepts include perfect in their name.
  • Ethics- the question is: should man be perfect? and if so how would this perfection be obtained? For Ethics Plato uses the word “good” and not perfect.
  • Ontology and Theology – uses “endless” and “the greatest”, Greek philosopher Anaximander, but it is not regarded as perfect.

The Degrees of:

  1. Goodness
  2. Truth
  3. Nobility
  4. the like

Based on Thomas Aquinas’ original formulation. (Thomas Aquinas studied Angels Beings for the Catholic Church [Angelology-the study of the systems of Angels]).

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References

Klein, Peter (2000). The Catholic Source Book. Brown-ROA. Orlando, Florida.

http://paranormalpsychology.wordpress.com (Perfection)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_degree

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/perfection

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel

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