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The principle behind this view is that the phantasm must exercise some causality in the production of the species: "The agent intellect is united first to the phantasm by a sort of virtual contact and thus united the phantasm is moved and directed by the agent intellect and receives the power to produce and intelligible species.
Accordingly, if the phantasm is going to concur materially in the production of the intelligible species, it must do so in a peculiar way: "Therefore, it is said that the phantasm concurs materially because it provides as it were (quasi) the matter (materia) to the agent intellect for the production of intelligible species.
23) Consequently, "illumination" is to be understood as nothing more than the fact that what is represented in the phantasm is clear to the intellect through the work of the agent intellect.