Sunday, November 26, 2023
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Thursday, November 9, 2023
In Feser’s book, Catholics, other
Christians, and even non-Christians will find much to help them confront CRT
and the perennial challenges of living in a racially diverse society…
Critical race theorists routinely use
confusing, tough-to-pin-down logical fallacies. Feser does us the service of laying these
fallacies out methodically and succinctly…
For anyone who knows nothing about CRT, All One in Christ is an excellent place to start. It has a decidedly negative perspective on the movement, but Feser takes pains to be fair to his opponents.
Saturday, November 4, 2023
Two crucial components of this picture of human knowledge are the theses that concepts are irreducible to sensations and mental images, but can nevertheless be abstracted from imagery by the intellect. As I have discussed before, a key difference between the Aristotelian-Thomistic position on the one hand and early modern forms of rationalism and empiricism on the other is that each of the latter kept one of these Aristotelian-Thomistic theses while rejecting the other. Rationalism maintained the thesis that concepts are irreducible to sensations and mental images, but concluded that many or all concepts therefore could not in any way be derived from them. Hence, rationalists concluded, many or all concepts must be innate. Modern empiricism held on to the thesis that concepts derive from mental imagery, but concluded that they must not really be distinct from them. Hence the modern empiricist tendency toward “imagism,” the view that a concept just is an image (or an image together with a general term).