Friday, July 30, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Pope Francis’s scarlet letter
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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Pope Victor redux?
The Quartodeciman controversy of the second century A.D. had to do with the date on which the resurrection of Christ ought to be observed. Churches in Asia Minor preserved the custom of tying this observance to the date of the Passover, whatever day of the week that happened to fall on. The Roman practice was instead to observe it on a Sunday, since that was the day Christ was resurrected. The eastern practice was defended by St. Polycarp, who appealed to the authority of none other than his teacher St. John the Apostle. Pope St. Anicetus tried unsuccessfully to convince Polycarp to adopt the Roman practice, and they agreed to disagree.
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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Aquinas on bad prelates
Thomas Aquinas’s Quodlibetal Questions, from which I quote:
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Monday, July 12, 2021
The metaphysical presuppositions of formal logic
Most philosophers have at least a vague awareness of this. For instance, they know from standard textbooks that traditional and modern logic differ in their interpretation of categorical propositions, the repercussions this has for their understanding of the square of opposition, and so forth. They know that there has been much debate in contemporary philosophy over the status of modal logic, not to mention even more exotic systems like quantum logic. They may be at least dimly aware that systems of logic were developed in the history of Indian philosophy that differ from those familiar to Western thinkers. And so on.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Schmid on existential inertia
has replied to my recent post about his criticisms of the Aristotelian proof. The reply is extremely long. Now, I often write long blog posts myself. Indeed, my previous post on Schmid was, at over 5,000 words, pretty long. But by my count (via cutting and pasting into MS Word), Schmid’s reply clocks in at almost 40,000 words – all written up and posted within just two days after my post! And even the cursory look I gave it shows that it raises a variety of issues that go well beyond anything I talk about in my post. Into the bargain, it also summarizes and links to myriad other blog posts, articles, and YouTube videos of Schmid’s which, he indicates, we ought to check out if we want to have a better idea of his views about the matters under discussion!
Posted by Edward Feser at 6:23 PM 228 comments:
Friday, July 2, 2021
Schmid on the Aristotelian proof
Five Proofs of the Existence of God. Until this week, I hadn’t read any of this material, though for some time now I’ve been getting an increasing number of requests that I comment on it. Many of these have been anonymous and weirdly insistent or adulatory toward Schmid, which made me suspect sock puppetry rather than genuine widespread interest. My attention in recent months has, in any event, been focused on the book on the soul that I am working on and which is way behind schedule (as well as on other existing writing commitments, most of which have deadlines). I also have an article forthcoming in Religious Studies responding to Graham Oppy’s objections to the Aristotelian proof, and after working on that I was inclined to give the topic a rest for a while. Hence my neglect of Schmid. But the squeaky wheel gets the grease. So, in hopes of appeasing the Schmid enthusiasts, this week I read his recent article “Stage One of the Aristotelian Proof: A Critical Appraisal.” Let’s take a look at it.
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