As always, dashed off notes, to be taken with caution.
traditionality as the momentum of intelligence in motion
In passover the Lord passes judgment on the gods of the nations.
communities as structured by forms of integrity, attention, and cooperation
false goods as anicca, dukkha, and anatta
sacrament as the pedagogy of salvation
angelic speech as pure case of liturgy
Holy orders signifies Christ in Session, whose liturgy it brings down to earth in signs.
Incarnation : Baptism :: Messianic Mystery : Confirmation :: Session : Orders
vapor-like passions and liquid-like passions (volatility and diffusiveness as metaphors capturing aspects of passions)
-- ambiences and surges
baptism as the sacrament within every sacrament
matrimony as the all-reflecting sacrament
imaginative association, analogical proportion, formal implication, systemic structure (teleological fit)
poetics, rhetoric, prior analytics, posterior analytics
plausibility, persuasiveness, reasonableness, demonstrability
analytics as the theory of means of reasoning, considered as such
the reflex principles of good sense
the casuistics of theory preference
internal sense theory as a theory of saliences -- selection and association of experiences into ideational groupings not further reducible to the experiences themselves
One can see Hume's associationism as a degenerate (sparse desert) internal sense theory (or alternatively internal sense theories as supergenerate (dense-jungle) associationism, along the lines of Gerard).
'in the long run' used temporally vs. 'in the long run' used to indicate repeatability in principle
All explanation traces back to what boggles the mind without ceasing to explain.
the intrinsic themis of rite and liturgy giving birth to horae
accessibility relations among arguments
to stay the course (stick to it), to keep the end in sight, to act in the proper spirit -- three essentials of any great work
the I Ching, qua Confucian classic, as a schooling in order
laughter/humor as an instrument of temperance
kinds of humor tending to modesty, to caution, to proportionate judgment, to humility
rhetoric as a theory of cognitive resources pertaining to belief and inference
predicate calculus as propositional logic with multiple interrelated truth tables
All human knowledge requires the cooperation of the senses and something more than the senses.
proportion of part to part as more fundamental than distance?
What allows the lurid is not human strength but human weakness.
internally vs externally grounded versions of an argument (e.g., the argument from evil can be based either on an independent account of evil or on the theist's own)
intentionality as structured intelligibility (a higher order intelligibility of intelligibilities?)
Most of what most people say most of the time is extrapolative in some way.
renewal of faith // recurrence of Eucharist
faith as the constant accomplishment of the Paschal Sacrament in us
Ascension as the feast of hope (the salvific teleology)
The act of defining depends crucially on our ability to see one thing in two lights.
Human beings in general need their practical solutions to be in appropriate theater and symbol.
Let your symbolic gestures be practical improvements.
proximate vs. remote testimonial evidence
direct vs indirect testimonial evidence
The proper standard of training for priests is that they should be able to perform essential liturgical functions under conditions of persecution.
The triumphant saints will leave their doubts, the torrents of concupiscence will be stilled; free from misery they will cross the ocean of becoming and through Christ's teaching they will lead a holy life. No longer will they be attached to possessions, they will have no property, no gold or silver, no home to guard, no relatives for nepotism, but they will live a holy life of unity under Christ's guidance. They will have torn the net of the passions, they will enter contemplation, they will overflow with true happiness, for they will live holy lives through Christ.
rosary as elementary catechesis, divine office as a higher-order catechesis
the importance of visible majesty for law
to polish and to fortify what is human in us
Natural virtues are not suitable for overcoming supernatural opposition.
"All laws of nature are comprehended in one universal law, that similar qualities being in union, there will arise similar results...." (Shepherd; cp. Whewell and Maxwell)
The heart of freedom is the law of reason itself.
common cause & undesigned coincidences -- there is a generalized version of teh latter for all common cause situations. Think about this. --> cp. also Morelli method
the Socratic daimon of a civilization
daimon : Socrates :: God of the Oracle : Hellas
Creation is within ghte covenant-making act of God, as a material condition. (Cp. Barth)
The goddess Rumor is a minion of the Spirit of the Age.
The Spirit of the Age is seen in the hardening of thought and understanding, leading to disobedience toward reason, authority, and wise counsel.
doctrines intrinsic to a teaching authority vs. doctrines instrumental to a teaching authority
The compassion that is the end of matrimony as a sacrament cannot be achieved except by mortifications.
satisficing under conditions in which it is unknown what optimization should be
The amount of testing required to confirm a model increases faster than the number of variables in the model.
The basic principles of Tolkien's On Fairy Stories generalize to other signs.
prudence & 'center of mass' for many passions and actions at one time
liturgy // covenant (both reflect higher order)
drama : tragedy :: fairy-tale : eucatastrophe
Perception is something that can be cultivated.
Creation, as such, makes servants; Incarnation makes created sons.
the image of God in us as an anticipation of the Incarnation
the cultivation of equity as a control problem for political philosophy
Magisterium is not something that turns off and on.
Coventry Patmore on Mary: "Our only Saviour from an abstract Christ"
disposition to end (intention), interaction, resistance, equilibration
Counterfactual accounts of causation are just generalized behaviorisms.
laws as instruments for distinguishing component causalities in phenomena
All experiments are causal situations; it is from and by means of these causal situations that we abstract scientific laws, it is the finality or teleology of the experiment that allows us to do so.
causal regularities as facts about what does not happen
regularities --> final causes
instrumentalities --> final causes
nomologies --> final causes
dispositions --> final causes
The distinction between categorical and dispositional properties seems based on false assumptions about both.
formal distinction // middle knowledge
Agency detection is moral fact detection.
PSR as the principle of principiation
If there are rationally social animals, moral facts are facts in the natural environments of such animals.
Rational inquiry depends on moral facts.
natural place as at infinity
problem of change // problem of multiplicity
The existence of social capital is not a debt owed to the government but a contribution we have already collectively made to each other and to the government.
Social capital is constituted by individual efforts.
Lord & Bondslave // Doctrine of Mean
convergence of guess-work on the basis of snippet evidence (jigsaw puzzle)
lullaby as communication
government as an instrument for increasing foresight
government as a summary representation of the potential of its citizens' lives
generalizing hypothetico-deductive accounts of explanation to many modalities
If validity is Box, then Diamond must be 'If the premises are true, the conclusion can be true' (a case of not-Diamond would be where premises and conclusion are contradictory -- although dialetheism makes this more complicated).
Baptism makes a space for the theological virtues; a community and a tradition for them, a profession in favor of them, and a sign of God's giving them.
The unity of philosophy lies in the analogy of being; the goodness of philosophy in the discipline of virtue; the universailty of philosophy in rational thought; and the tradition of philosophy in the fight against 'might makes right' sophistry.
purgatory as rehab
Youth is a rush of venturing forth.
Medicine has a political or social structure, and as such may be practiced in a way analogous to the politics of the rhetors or in a way analogous to the politics of Socrates.
Love drawn from wisdom is the mother of consolation.
If morality is in any way connected with the fullness of human potential, there are moral facts.
The remedium concupscientiae is usually treated as if it were a scratching of an itch; but in reality it is a healing, a venturing forth to bring light to places where otherwise only darkness would be. IT is not a satisfaction of wayward craving but a reduction of it in favor of rest in a good. Greedy desire is pushed out by generous love; even if sometimes it is only party, by the minor generosity of a minor love, like affection for home and rest in its hospitalities. The very contractual character of it limits pleonexia in a matter where otherwise it can run rampant.
ordinary language & problem-shaping
graduate study & the parochial prima donna problem
Converse Barcan as the modality for exhaustive induction
Justice is based not on abstract equality but concrete equation.
Because 'truth' is said in many ways, 'truthmaker' is said in many ways.
I Pt 2:20ff clearly has links to the Suffering Servant passages in Isaiah
Truth is made our own by a worthy way of life.
Faith federates, hope progresses, love binds together.
the general principle of overflow: The lower is moved according to the action of the higher.
We are taught by images because we are images.