Are you perfect?
This determinate way of being perfect Suárez labels ‘eminent’.
“They want my perfect to meet their perfect.”
The call was perfect.
But this isn't a perfect world in the best of times.
The most perfect being, God, has the most perfect mode of existence.
Do God’s perfect rationality and God’s perfect moral goodness cohere?
A set of reals is said to have the perfect set property iff it is either countable or contains a perfect subset.
A perfect frog has webbed toes, but the absolutely perfect being need not have any toes at all, much less webbed ones.
An absolutely perfect being might exist, and even exist necessarily, but it would not be essential to it that it is an absolutely perfect being.
In one sense, which he calls ‘privative’, what is perfect is whole and lacks nothing required by its nature; in these sense we could speak, for instance, of a perfect horse.
Roughly, players have perfect recall provided they remember all of their own past moves (see Bonanno 2004; Kaneko & Kline 1995 for general discussions of the perfect recall assumption).
Hence, he supposes, since we do conceive a supremely perfect being—we do have the idea of a supremely perfect being—we must conclude that a supremely perfect being exists.
He noted that termites build their perfect mounds, and bees their perfect hives, and spiders their perfect webs, all around the world, without, presumably, being conscious of why or what they are doing.
If the upper limit of perfect goodness is to have it contingently, then it is not as if a being who is actually morally perfect is surpassable in moral goodness merely by having its perfect moral goodness only contingently.
For example, Comrie (1976) distinguishes four typical uses of the perfect: the perfect of result, the experiential perfect, the perfect of persistent situation and the perfect of recent past.
It is worth asking, in light of these further commitments that one would have to make, how strong the reasons are to ascribe perfect goodness, understood as perfect moral goodness, to the absolutely perfect being in the first place.
What is important about this distinction for Maimonides emerges from the following description of two different kinds of perfect individuals, the second kind being perfect not only in his own right, but being further able to help others perfect themselves:
And the standard for every drink we send out is sky-high: We want to deliver you a perfectly constructed drink, in the perfect vessel, at the perfect temperature, and with the perfect timing, within seconds of one another when a multiple-drink order is in play.
As it is a commonplace that one of the perfections that would have to be exhibited by any being that would qualify as absolutely perfect is perfect goodness, it is obvious why philosophical theologians employing perfect being theology would be motivated to reflect in some detail on the character of perfect goodness and to consider various challenges to the very idea.
- a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
- make perfect or complete
Example: perfect your French in Paris!
- without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
- being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
Example: a perfect circle
- precisely accurate or exact
Example: perfect timing
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As it is a commonplace that one of the perfections that would have to be exhibited by any being that would qualify as absolutely perfect is perfect goodness it is obvious why philosophical theologians employing perfect being theology would be motivated to reflect in some detail on the character of perfect goodness and to consider various challenges to the very idea