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Placing Nature in the “Space of Reasons”

I’ve expressed my admiration here before for McDowell’s development of Sellars’s distinction of the “space of nature” from the “space of reasons,” but I’ve also criticized him for side-stepping the metaphysical problems that arise from his determination to see the … Continue reading

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Brandom’s Got No Soul

Brandom, like McDowell, wants to tell “a story” in which human animals as “initially merely differentially responsive creatures can be initiated into the implicitly normative social practice of giving and asking for reasons” (26, cf. chs. 1-3 of Making It … Continue reading

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McDowell, “Mind and World” — Reason and Nature

In “Reason and Nature,” the fourth lecture that composes Mind and World, McDowell proposes “to start uncovering the presumably deep mental block that produces this uncomfortable situation,” namely, the anxious oscillation between the Myth of the Given and a Space of … Continue reading

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The “Integral State” and Evolution

A stray thought inspired by TJ White’s reflections on “pure nature.” For Thomas, the human is created in a state of grace, granted “original righteousness” that elevates his capacities above what his nature alone would admit. the sin of our first … Continue reading

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“Pure Nature” and Christology

TJ White insists that the concept “pure nature” is vital to Christian thinking about the human, whether as unfallen, fallen, redeemed, or hypostatically united to the Word (Jesus). “Underlying the states of integral, fallen, redeemed, and Christic (Christ’s own) human … Continue reading

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Grace and nature

In IIa IIae, 8, 1, Thomas considers whether the human power of intellection should be considered a gift of the Holy Spirit. The intuitive objection is this: “Sed intellectus est quidam habitus naturalis in anima, quo cognoscuntur principia naturaliter nota.” … Continue reading

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