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Schopenhauer on “Scholastic Philosophy”

Schopenhauer makes a good point in his “Critique of Kantian Philosophy,” which is an appendix to his great Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung. He observes that “den dritten” service Kant performed for philosophy was “den völligen Umsturz der Scholastischen Philosophie, … Continue reading

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Bonaventure Scoops Malcolm

Norman Malcolm famously argued that Anselm developed two versions of the ontological argument for God’s existence in his Proslogion, the first of which (in P. 2) turns on the premise that existence (in re) is a perfection, so that the greatest possible being must exist … Continue reading

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Christ’s “Munus Triplex” at His Baptism

The Synoptic accounts of Jesus’ baptism evoke powerful Old Testament allusions which confront the reader with ears to hear with Christ’s munus triplex, as prophet, priest, and king. At Jesus’ baptism, the Father declares, “σὺ εἶ ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ἀγαπητός … Continue reading

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Paul’s “Spiritual Body” and Ezekiel 37

Consider a possible echo of Scripture in a letter of Paul, namely, Ezekiel 37:1-14 in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49. This connection occurred to me in my recent wrestling with Troels Engberg-Pedersen’s Cosmology and Self in Paul, which prompted me to ask, “If it’s not … Continue reading

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Unamuno’s Private Language Argument

In his Del Sentimiento Tragico de la Vida, published in 1912, Miguel de Unamuno takes aim in passing at a particular picture of “interiority” familiar in modern philosophy at least from Descartes on, and he does so in a way that strikingly … Continue reading

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Anselm’s Unbelievers

To what end did Anselm write his Cur Deus Homo, and what convictions are presupposed in its ideal reader? The answers to these questions are intertwined. Cur Deus Homo is aimed at assuring Christian believers of the reasonableness of their … Continue reading

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“In him we live and move and have our being”

“In him we live and move and have our being…” Acts 17:28 is Berkeley’s favorite biblical gloss for his philosophy of immaterialism. But, as he noticed early on as well, it was equally a favorite of so straightforwardly pantheist (or … Continue reading

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Time Psychologized

Time Psychologized Augustine is famous as the originator of a psychological conception of time: “tempora sunt tria, praesens de praeteritis, praesens de praesentibus, praesens de futuris. Sunt enim haec in anima tria quaedam et alibi ea non video, praesens de … Continue reading

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Anima Forma Corporis

On my principles, can one say “anima forma corporis” (the soul is the form of the body)? Doesn’t that require a kind of dualism of soul from body that I’m trying to abjure? I don’t think so. “Form” is equivalent … Continue reading

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Natural Teleology and Divine Language

There’s a deep intimacy between Aquinas’s proof for the existence of God from natural teleology and Berkeley’s account of the world as divine language. Let’s consider them each in turn, and then reflect a bit on their interrelations. The proof … Continue reading

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