Thursday, May 29, 2008

General Semantics

*started on May 9*

Pete Takeshi mentioned he had been doing some reading on General Semantics and the writings of Hayakawa. I don't know anything about it; I did take a look at the wikipedia article, and I wonder if the founders of General Semantics really have a grasp of Aristotle, and aren't setting up strawmen arguments. I wish I could get my hands on this paper. Still, the school doesn't look like it's of much importance, and I don't think it has many followers in academic philosophy. At least I haven't come across any followers when browsing through department pages and the like.

Is it really anti-essentialist? And while I might agree with its goal of enabling 'clear thinking,' does it supply us with a good account of the difference between sensation and knowing, and how we use names? Aristotelians acknowledge that our use of a name does not mean that we automatically or necessarily have an adequate definition of the thing being named, and that all sorts of other things can be associated with the thing named, though their relationship to it may be contingent or necessary in different respects. Is General Semantics just trying to reinvent Aristotelian logic?

wiki

Alfred Korzybski - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
S. I. Hayakawa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
General Semantics
General Semantics -- Korzybski
general semantics
Institute of General Semantics
Institute of General Semantics
The New York Society for General Semantics
Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems ... - Google Books Result
DFW Center for General Semantics: Korzybski and Hayakawa
Bibliography of General Semantics Papers by Ralph Kenyon
General Semantics

Amazon.com: Language in Thought and Action: Fifth Edition: S. I. ...
SOME NOTES ON "Language in Thought and Action" by S I Hayakawa

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A key to understanding the nature and grace debate?

Is God obligated to give us the opportunity to experience the beatific vision, not because He owes it to us, but because He owes it to Himself, out of love of Himself? Clearly, God is not obligated to create, and He does so freely. Creation does not increase His happiness. Giving intellectual creatures the beatific vision, as opposed to leading them to a natural end, would not increase His happiness either. If He creates, is he free to choose between giving creatures a supernatural end or a natural end? If not, what is the reason? What would determine Him to giving creatures a supernatural end, other than Himself and His will? What would the reason be for such a determination? How would willing His own good require Him to endow creatures with a supernatural end? By giving creatures a supernatural end, God gives of Himself more--there is a 'greater diffusion' of the good, but this does not increase His happiness, so it is not necessary in that respect.

Something to ponder more.

As for the natural desire of man to see God in relation to the 'pure nature' controversy between de Lubac and the neo-scholastics, I will have to study that more in detail.

Edit:
Does Milbank get de Lubac right? The Suspended Middle: Henri de Lubac and the Debate concerning the Supernatural

Henri de Lubac on a supernatural anthropology

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fr. Finigan praises Tanquerey

An afternoon at Parkminster

I referred to Tanquerey as the manual everyone loves to hate which raised a smile. People sometimes say that it is too systematic but I think that it is a wonderful book and must be taken for what it is: an attempt to pass on the wisdom of the saints.


Spiritual life: A treatise on Ascetical and Mystical Theology

@ EWTN, Spirituality
137. Spirituality - SLIFEIN.TXT - The Spiritual Life
Adolphe Tanquerey

Introduction; paragraphs 1-49. The Nature of Ascetical Theology, its Sources, its Method, its Excellence and Necessity and its Division. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION HOLINESS

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Introduction; paragraphs 1-49. The Nature of Ascetical Theology, its Sources, its Method, its Excellence and Necessity and its Division. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION HOLINESS

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Preliminary remarks, paragraphs #617-634. Explains the basis of the distinction of the three ways, the purgative, the illuminative and the unitive, the practical way to employ this distinction wisely and the importance of the study of the three ways. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION PURGATIVE ILLUMINATIVE UNITVE

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Part 2, Book 1, Intro., paragraphs 635-642. An explanation of what is meant by beginners and the end that beginners must strive to attain. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION BEGINNERS

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Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 1, paragraphs 643-704. The prayer of beginners, prayer in general, principal spiritual exercises, mental prayer. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL PERFECTION PRAYER BEGINNERS

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 1, paragraphs 643-704. The prayer of beginners, prayer in general, principal spiritual exercises, mental prayer. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL PERFECTION PRAYER BEGINNERS

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 2, paragraphs 705-750. The necessity and the notion of penance, the motives that should prompt us to hate and avoid sin and the motives and the means of atoning for sin. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY PERFECTION PENANCE SIN MORTAL VENIAL

144. Spirituality - SLP2B1C2.ZIP - The Spiritual Life
Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 2, paragraphs 705-750. The necessity and the notion of penance, the motives that should prompt us to hate and avoid sin and the motives and the means of atoning for sin. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY PERFECTION PENANCE SIN MORTAL VENIAL

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 3, paragraphs 751-817. An explanation of the nature, the necessity and the practice of mortification. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION SALVATION MORTIFICATION SENSES EXTERIOR INTERIOR PASSIONS FACULTIES

146. Spirituality - SLP2B1C3.ZIP - The Spiritual Life
Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 3, paragraphs 751-817. An explanation of the nature, the necessity and the practice of mortification. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION SALVATION MORTIFICATION SENSES EXTERIOR INTERIOR PASSIONS FACULTIES

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 4, paragraphs 818-899. The struggle against the Capital Sins. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION CAPITAL SINS PRIDE ENVY ANGER GLUTTONY LUST SLOTH AVARICE

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 4, paragraphs 818-899. The struggle against the Capital Sins. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION CAPITAL SINS PRIDE ENVY ANGER GLUTTONY LUST SLOTH AVARICE

149. Spirituality - SPIRLIFE.ZIP - The Spiritual Life
Adolpe Tanquerey

Manual of Spiritual (Ascetical and Mystical) Theology. Incomplete: The First Part and all but the last book of the Second Part have been scanned so far. The following 11 files are contained in this zipped file. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL AND MYSTICAL GRACE PERFECTION MORTIFICATION PENANCE SIN VICE CAPITAL SINS

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part One, Chapter One, paragraphs #49-87. Origin of the supernatural life: the raising of man to the supernatural state, his fall, and redemption. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION HOLINESS FALL

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part One, Chapter One, paragraphs #49-87. Origin of the supernatural life: the raising of man to the supernatural state, his fall, and redemption. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION HOLINESS FALL

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part One, Chapter Two, paragraphs #88-294. Nature of the Christian life: God's part and the soul's part. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL TRINITY INCARNATE WORD MARY GRACE SAINTS ANGELS CONCUPISCENCE WORLD DEVIL MERIT GRACE PENANCE

153. Spirituality - SLIFE2.ZIP - The Spiritual Life
Adolphe Tanquerey

Part One, Chapter Two, paragraphs #88-294. Nature of the Christian life: God's part and the soul's part. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL TRINITY INCARNATE WORD MARY GRACE SAINTS ANGELS CONCUPISCENCE WORLD DEVIL MERIT GRACE PENANCE

154. Spirituality - SLIFE3.TXT - The Spiritual Life
Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 1, Chapter 3, paragraphs #295-351. Perfection of this life: the love of God and of the neighbor carried to the point of sacrifice. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION UNBELIEVERS WORLDLINGS DEVOUT LOVE SACRIFICE PRECEPTS COUNSELS

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 1, Chapter 3, paragraphs #295-351. Perfection of this life: the love of God and of the neighbor carried to the point of sacrifice. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION UNBELIEVERS WORLDLINGS DEVOUT LOVE SACRIFICE PRECEPTS COUNSELS

156. Spirituality - SLIFE4.TXT - The Spiritual Life
Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 1, Chapter 4, paragraphs #352-406. Obligation for laymen, religious and priests to strive after perfection. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL PERFECTION RELIGIOUS PRIESTS LAYMEN

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 1, Chapter 4, paragraphs #352-406. Obligation for laymen, religious and priests to strive after perfection. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL PERFECTION RELIGIOUS PRIESTS LAYMEN

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 1, Chapter 5, paragraphs # 407-616. General means, interior and exterior, of attaining perfection. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION KNOWLEDGE PRAYER DESIRE CONFORMITY GOD'S WILL RULE SPIRITUAL READING

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Adolphe Tanquerey

Part 1, Chapter 5, paragraphs # 407-616. General means, interior and exterior, of attaining perfection. TANQUEREY SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY ASCETICAL MYSTICAL PERFECTION KNOWLEDGE PRAYER DESIRE CONFORMITY GOD'S WILL RULE SPIRITUAL READING