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The Guidelines are Void

This rubbish has no legal or judicial or administrative force in the real world where we all live. Like last summer’s vacuous, vapid, and vacant SCOTUS decision, these so-called guidelines were a dead letter upon issuance. Like I said about

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Western Civilization

Gratitude

St. Thomas writes: It is only right that we should be grateful not merely to those whom we think have found the truth and with whose views we agree by following them, but also to those who, in the search

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Charity, Humility, Uncategorized

Maritain on Epistemology

Maritain is a valuable antidote for the skepticism and subjectivism that is so prevalent today. Conclusion IX – The truth of knowledge consists in the conformity of the mind with the thing. It is absurd to doubt the reliability of

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Maritain, Observations about Philosophy

Here are some helpful observations about the nature of philosophy as a human endeavor. The author is the great French Thomist Jacques Maritain: Philosophy is not a “wisdom” of conduct or practical life that consists in acting well. It is

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Aristotle, De Anima, and Aquinas

Alliteration always amuses me a lot. Sorry about that. I’ve got it out of my system now. I have written about St. Thomas’ commentary on De Anima before. I am going to do it again. Seriously: if you have any

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aristotle, Books

What is a Form?

I have said it before, and I will say it again now, and I am quite certain that I will repeat myself more than once after this: to limit one’s reading of Aquinas to the Summa Theologiae is like reading

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aristotle

While I am on the subject

Here is a quotation from CS Lewis that I think relates well to my previous post. If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilized morality to savage

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Catechism, Natural Law

Reply to a Reader

Recently a gentleman left a couple comments in response to a post here, and I don’t think I did justice to his remarks. In this post I would like to rectify that situation. He begins with this: Unfortunately, it seems

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Natural Law, Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae

Exactly

Quoth The Philosopher: A well-educated man will expect exactness in every class of subjects, according as the nature of the thing admits. (Nicomachean Ethics) In short: the subject matter determines the degree of certitude we may have about our conclusions

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Charity, Comment Guidelines, Fides et Ratio

Another Newman Quote of the Day

My first elementary lesson of duty is that of resignation to the laws of my nature, whatever they are; my first disobedience is to be impatient at what I am, and to indulge an ambitious aspiration after what I cannot

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