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In this article, the discussion on the nature of the object of the beatific vision is begun. First, in articles 6 and 7, the essential object of the beatific vision is discussed (i.e., God). Second, in articles 8 through 10, the accidental objects of the beatific vision are discussed (i.e., things in God).
In this article, we specifically ask whether, of those who see God, there are different degrees of vision. This article helps us answer a popular objection against the beatific vision, i.e., that the finite is not capable of the infinite, by pointing to the differing finite degrees in which individuals see God (which is expounded upon in greater detail in the next article).