Wednesday, April 08, 2009

James Chastek, Fourth Way, II

ST, I, 2, a. 3:
Quarta via sumitur ex gradibus qui in rebus inveniuntur. Invenitur enim in rebus aliquid magis et minus bonum, et verum, et nobile, et sic de aliis huiusmodi.

Is Aquinas then saying that goods are commensurable? How would he respond to the incommensurability thesis of the New Natural Law Theory? Does "good" need to be used univocally in order for such comparisons to be made? Or does it suffice that it is used analogically? (Dennis McInerny gives an answer in The Difficult Good.)

Monday, April 06, 2009

Living Tradition: Some Rationalist Presuppositions of the Historical-Critical Method Part III. The Influence Of Kantian Philosophy Upon Historical Criticism by John McCarthy
Fr. Al Kimel, The Sacramentality of Sacraments. See also Is Transubstantiation Bodily Enough?
Is there only one true philosophy, Christianity? Or is true philosophy something separate from what has been revealed? We can find authorities for both opinions, and not a few Church Fathers who seem to endorse the former. And yet what have the popes said and recommended on this question? To learn we must submit to a teacher, and trust that the teacher is in possession of the truth.