Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Dashed Off XVII
Feasting and fasting alike are for the sake of the beautiful and the good.
rationality, order, stability, integrity
Pleasure and pain are such as to be signs by nature; distinction between intrinsic and instrumental good does not work here as elsewhere.
A "brute fact" is only brute relative to a model; otherwise there is no way to identify bruteness.
The effectiveness of an argument depends in part on the habitus of the one who receives it.
charity as what makes satispassion possible
Grand Rounds as humanitarian ritual
The virtue of charity is required in order to assess divine love's actions properly.
to consider: the extent to which conservation laws imply simultaneity of causation (momentum has historically explicitly been taken to do so)
Accuracy conditions are causal conditions.
wu wei and honesty
People will generally tend to press their rhetorical advantages rather than their dialectical advantages.
the 'splendid models of the Holy Family' -- (1) domestic virtues (2) bonds of charity (3) joy of household
Moral law cannot be harmed, and yet one can offend against it.
National churches necessarily presuppose that the government bodies and agencies concerned with the church are legitimate representatives within the liturgical commonwealth.
homiletics as concerned with living and not merely hearing doctrine
the confusion of intellectual or volitional numbness with the doubt of genuine inquiry
Leading questions and rhetorical questions make obvious that questions can have assumptions, but that all questions have assumptions is made clear (1) by the fact that they make sense in some contexts and not others; and (2) by the fact that they distinguish relevant and irrelevant answer-candidates. (Assumptions are determined by analysis of possibilities.)
The first minimal level of making amends is simply accepting, and thus bearing and enduring, one's being responsible.
the desire to impart something genuinely precious to the world
general culture of mind as a requirement for professional life
nonmaleficence and gentlemanliness (Newman)
notional and real as poles of assent
spontaneously grown arguments vs deliberately synthesized arguments
the role of Catholic Marian piety in supporting the doctrine of papal infallibility (e.g., Lourdes)
the royal prerogatives of the Church
the problem of corruption of supplementary institutions as the primary problem of the liturgical commonwealth
Mere reason cannot overcome apathy.
assessment of conceptual analysis
(1) explains an array of paradigmatic cases
(2) makes sense of history of concept
(3) clarifies marginal cases without violence
(4) exhibits consilience
(5) survives aporetic/dialectic inquiry
Human rituals are rational communications, just as much as language is.
physical equations as summations of relevance among measurements
Style is not a uniform thing but a pattern of effects requiring causal analysis.
Humean causal theory as stylistic analysis of the world
humanity as a system of loyalties
It is quite clear that we often think of the necessity of the principle of noncontradiction in practical terms.
While law works itself out systematically, one should not overestimate the systematicity of law.
Every Is is an Ought to Be Regarded as True.
Positive law is relative to the formation of a community standpoint.
The assessment of evidence cannot occur independently of all practical reasons (cost of inquiry, promising character of evidence, etc.).
Classification requires abstraction from corruptions and contaminations.
In law one must start not with concepts used by the ends for which they are used.
the obsessive patience of genius
motherhood as paradigmatic friendship in Aristotle (it is his typical case of asymmetric friendship, and plays a key role in several arguments about the nature of friendship in general)
Fear of ridicule often distorts assessment of evidence, since it interferes with commitment to recognizing probabilities.
causation by diffusion (Shepherd is perhaps a very good start here, given her concept of causal mixing)
a common fallacy: the conditions for X came together gradually; therefore X emerged gradually (quite obviously it in fact depends on the relation between X and its conditions)
Most of what is called politics is an excuse for not attending to politics.
true romance as involving honestas and verecundia
the wish for truth as remedy against some biases (cp. Ward)
People in assessing their own characteristics tend to try to focus not on what they do but on what they do not do.
fruitful virginity of Mary expressed in being (1) Mother of God; (2) intercessor; (3) Mother of Church
mortification and eliminating mismatch between fantasy and reality
books that are pleasure-friends, utility-friends, or virtue-friends
ordered structures anticipatory of rational inference
relation between self-evidence and goodness
Modern generations describe computing in ways similar to the way former generations described literacy; computers are the gramarye of our day.
Arguments like characters in stories must be seen from many angles.
Much of what we call misfortune is just leaving a womb, or growing out of a childhood, in which prior props and supports are taken away.
orders as the sacrament of the unity of the sacramental economy
Darwin's argument for sexual selection is partly teleological: without sexual selection, display would be purposeless, which is incredible.
the role of integrity of body in cognition
baptized : foundations :: confirmed : major means :: ordained : ends
Isaiah 60, temporal prosperity, and liturgical commonwealth
human dignity & capacity for communion with God: the infinity implicit in our
(1) openness to Truth Itself
(2) openness to Good Itself
(3) openness to Beauty Itself
(4) capacity for attending to the Infinite Sublime
rejections of God arise from
(1) bad example of believers
(2) hostile philosophies
(3) trauma of evil
(4) preference for vice
(5) poor handling of perplexity
(6) excessive attachment to the sensible world
The capacity for theistic reasoning is a precondition for receiving revelation.
good as 'fit for purpose' vs good as 'precondition for fitness and purpose'
All measurement requires memory of at least an elementary kind.
Common sense can be recognized as rigorously certain when it is also recognized as (1) experiential (2) practical (3) perspectival and (4) approximate.