Scholasticism. Bartholomew's World - Natural Science. Tinkering with a theory of penance and mortification. All blogposts are in the workshop, but this one is more so than others. 1.)
God desires friendship with created persons. The ordinary means of this friendship are sacraments, though the choice to accept or reject the friendship is the first properly moral act of any created person, whether human or angelic. 2.) The limit of self-existence. If we know what things are by what they do then the more they act independently of others the more they will exist independently of others.
In the inorganic world action is a response to activity of another as in inertia, which is the tendency of bodies to preserve an action imposed on them previously and is therefore per accidens a resistance to any opposing state one tries to impose on a thing now. Having action from another corresponds to its having being from another, which is why the inorganic, all the way down, has no self that can be destroyed. Melting ice is not a sort of death, breaking a stone is not dismemberment, and the direction of chemical change is purely accidental and inherently reversible. The conservation of matter is not so much an endurance as a sheer absence of being-in-itself. Life gives physical processes a definite direction and distinction, dividing, for example, nourishing from waste removal. Transcendental and Predicamental Relation (and, More Generally, relatio secundum esse) — Philosophical Catholic. I thought it would be good to reproduce here a topic from Woodbury that is very pertinent to discussions John Deely has undertaken in recent history.
It has also come to the surface in some other topics among philosophers who are actually paying attention to some later-day scholastics. I felt the need to include this in a note for a book that I am translating. I thought it might be helpful to put it online as well. Want (1), Want (2), and the transcendental good. November 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm (Uncategorized) Charles Young once served as a dissertation advisor to someone who researched how many persons are killed each year by rocking vending machines in an effort to get them to dispense free product.
Turns out, twenty-five. Animals Inertia and the Concept of Force - Collins. Infinite regress. January 31, 2018 at 3:49 pm (Uncategorized)
Philosophy of Nature Let Thomas Aquinas Teach It - Kenny, Joseph, O.P. 5145. Cartesian epistemologies and Dominican alternatives. 0.)
The Thomistic Account of Rationality (Re-Post) This is a slightly revised re-posting of a post from 2013.
The Thomistic account of rationality -- I'm not talking about its philosophical psychology, but its account of rational thought -- is an interestingly nuanced one. It is famously summarized in Aquinas's preface to his unfinished commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics (although there are other places in which it comes up). In this preface, he is talking about logic, of which the Posterior Analytics considers the summit or peak (namely, demonstrative reasoning, the kind that gives real knowledge). And he notes that logic is structured according to the various acts of reason, and on the basis of this gives a very famous account of the books of the Organon, the foundation of most medieval logic.
We start with a general division: So far, so good. An account of why being is not a genus. July 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm (Uncategorized) Being cannot be a genus, since treating it as one would be like thinking that one could divide numbers into the quantitative and non-quantitative, or squares into the four-sided and not four-sided.
Said another way, something essential to a genus can’t differentiate species. For Fr. Kimel. Fr.
Kimel asked me to explain why St. Thomas’s account of predestination is not a sort of determinism, and he sent a link to a post where he gives a presentation of the theories of several contemporary Thomists on how divine action allows for human freedom. The Thomists that Fr. Kimel quotes do a good job at presenting St. Thomas’s ideas. Treating moved movers as if closed off. March 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm (Uncategorized) Here’s a prediction of the Five Ways: given nature is ultimately in the instrumental order and all instruments lack the form by which they act, viewing nature as a closed system leads to a cluster of related beliefs: 1.)
Brute facts exist. What happens is a determinate and predicable action with no explanation, i.e. an instrument acting apart from its agent. 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) The Feast of St. Thomas. Today, 28 January, is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, translated. Leo Elders Online Library. Texts: De "Volheid der Tijden" en Japan - 1960 (PDF)Christianisme et cultures - 1962 (PDF) Aristote et l'objet de la métaphysique - 1962 (PDF) NEWDie Taufe der Weltreligionen. Bemerkungen zu einer Theorie Karl Rahners - 1965 (PDF)Les rapports de la langue et de la pensée japonaises - 1966 (PDF)La nuova cristologia del Prof.
Liberalism and the five natural inclinations. By “liberalism” I don’t mean merely what goes under that label in the context of contemporary U.S. politics. I mean the long political tradition, tracing back to Hobbes and Locke, from which modern liberalism grew. By natural inclinations, I don’t mean tendencies that that are merely deep-seated or habitual. I mean tendencies that are “natural” in the specific sense operative in classical natural law theory. John Henry Newman-John Duns Scotus Reader is Out! OXFORD MOVEMENTS – DUNS SCOTUS LIVES AND IS STILL DOCTOR SUBTILIS. For the home of lost causes, Oxford has a pretty impressive record of “live” ones. Its name has been associated with ultra-Royalism in the 17th Century, High Church revival in the 19th, the moral-rearmament movement and the campaign against world poverty in the 20th and the dominant contemporary British school of philosophy.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH OCKHAM? Reassessing the Role of Nominalism in the Dissolution of the West - WHAT’S WRONG WITH OCKHAM? Reassessing the Role of Nominalism in the Dissolution of the West Intellectual historians often seek to define and diagnose modernity by identifying its inaugural figure. Once we attend to the development of ideas, it is hard to resist tracing some distinctive features of the modern age—especially if we are ambivalent about or critical of those features—to a philosopher who must stand as a kind of intellectual continental divide, responsible for a new and pervasively influential worldview paradigmatically different from what came before. There is a fair amount of conceit in the notion that any one thinker could really have such deep cultural significance.
Still, we all know the familiar candidates, the most famous of which is alluded to in the Ciceronian Society’s statement of purpose: Descartes and his rationalism. Like Macbeth, Western man made an evil decision, which has become the efficient and final cause of other evil decisions. Joshua P. New Scotus Edition. Was Garrigou-Lagrange a ‘Personalist’? A few years ago my father discovered and translated Yves Simon’s correspondence on the controversy surrounding Charles De Koninck’s masterpiece, On the Primacy of the Common Good: Against the Personalists. (The translated correspondence will be appearing soon at The Charles De Koninck Project). Yves Simon was a French émigré philosopher at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, who was a friend of Maritain, and on friendly terms with De Koninck.
.Cornelio Fabro. THE RISE & FALL OF THE THOMISTIC RENEWAL — PART I. Last Franciscan. March 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm (Uncategorized) Usury. [Lecture notes] 1.) Usury – like moral philosophy in general – is not my field, but its just near enough my orbit that I find myself tempted to say things about it. Aristotelian Thomism.