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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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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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Knowing God — Comparing Platonists and Advaita Vedantins

I’ve written before about the interesting similarities between Platonism and the Advaita Vedanta; here’s more grist for the mill. Andrew Louth writes about the Platonist conception of “knowing the Good”: “The Form of the Good is unknowable, and so, if … Continue reading

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The Book, in Outline

Introduction: Explain here why Berkeley ought to be thought of as a theologian who wrote (like Justin Martyr, Augustine in some works, Pascal, and Newman) principally in the “apologetic” mode. Explain also why he’s rarely so thought of today. Argue as well that … Continue reading

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Genesis 3 as Psycho-Drama

Augustine famously argued that the “fall narrative” of Genesis 3, while depicting a real historical event, was also a figure of the rational soul’s disordered relation, through the imagination, to the sensible world. The story depicts how reason (Adam) is seduced … Continue reading

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Resurrection Age

In one of his Sermones Catholicae, Aelfric of Eynsham (10th c. AD) writes, “The apostle Paul says, that we should arise from the dead in the [same] age which Christ was when he suffered (Se apostol Paulus cwaeð, þaet we sceolon … Continue reading

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Spinoza, Platonist?

Spinoza notoriously argues that there is only (and could only be) one substance (Ethics 1p14), “God or nature” (1p29s) and everything else, including human persons, is just a “modification” of the attributes of God (2p10). But he has a very high bar for … Continue reading

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Origen’s Psychological Analogy for the Trinity

A heuristic distinction proposed by Theodore De Regnon, which has long outlived its usefulness, is that Greek Trinitarian theology began from the distinction of the divine persons, whereas Latin theology began from the unity of God’s essence. The latter’s preference … Continue reading

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Solomon, or Jesus?

In City of God 17.8, Augustine makes an interesting observation: on the face of the biblical narrative, Solomon appears not to be the heir referred to in the LORD’s covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7. Notice that the LORD specifies … Continue reading

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Gift of God

In his conversation with the Samaritan Woman, Jesus says, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee … Continue reading

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