Friday, March 24, 2023

Dashed Off IX

 causes as what fixes accessibility relations in possible worlds framework

Being just is often an act of mercy.

Clouds of analogies by overlap and convergence distill into particular claims.

Propaganda slogans are dangerous because they are available, so people fall back on them when they don't understand or are unprepared.

philosophy of history
(1) philosophy of historical work
(2) philosophy of the human tradition
(3) philosophy of forms of interaction

marriage law and the chaplaincy powers of the state

family resemblances as evidence of participation

ostension of grace, divine presence, in the sacraments

the internatural

laws of nature as beings of reason

energy as the causal capacity for locomotive change (locomovent or locomotive capability)
In a massive object, the locomotive capability is related to the mass and the maximal change of swiftness of reach.

The experience of philosophy is the experience of something whose final cause is infinite intelligibility. (Note that this is different from saying the final cause is universal intelligibility.)

The arrow of time is just the directionality of clocks in their actual use for measuring. What underlies this feature of measurement is a more fundamental question.

The intelligibility of a perfect island implies that either it or something greater exists.

There is no luck in folly.

signum levatum in nationibus (Is 11:12)

'the focal point of the longings of history and culture' (GS 45)

the exhibitive word of God

the importance of establishing safeguards against judicial murder

plants: positionality of open form
animals: positionality of closed form
humans: excentric positionality

the family as sign of Eden (and obliquely its loss)

incorporation merito vs incorporation numero

All legitimate and proper acts of the Church Militant anticipate in some way the Church Patient and the Church Triumphant.

revivescence in sacrament // revivescence in tradition

"Good angels and men belong to one Church." Aquinas (ST 3.98.4)

stages in the founding of the Church
(1) Anticipation (Israel)
(2) Vocation of disciples
(3) institution of Apostles and Women (and, more complicated, Brothers of the Lord)
(4) Holy Thursday
(5) Great Commission
(6) Ascension
(7) Pentecost
(8) Supervision (institution of episcopacy)

The mission of the Church is part of the missions of both the Son and the Holy Spirit.

lion : immaculate conception :: ox : perpetual virginity :: man : divine maternity :: eagle : assumption

the child and his mother: Mt 2:13, 2:14, 2:20, 2:21

pleasures that are life and fecundity
pleasures that are death and sterility

Judith 9:11 as capturing all that is true in liberation theology

Faith often does not understand (Lk 2:50), but still keeps in the heart (Lk 2:51).

The witch hunt is an inevitable mode of society in this fallen world; but the varieties change.

Two readings of Jn 1:12-13
majority (all Greek): But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but of God.
Vetus Latina, Syriac: But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, he who was born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but of God.

Mary is addressed as Woman, both at the Wedding at Cana and at the Crucifixion.

Every truth has its 'text', its context, its subtext, and its supertext.

the whirl and whorl of dreams

Desire, like water, tends a way, but it can be dammed and cut into different channels.

wave functions as mathematical depictions of dispositions

Language is received and inherited; we may, as with all things received and inherited, toss in a bit from ourselves, but we can only propose our bit, not impose it. But the temptation, to which propagandists particularly but not exclusively succumb, is always there to play God with this vast something that is older and more powerful than we are a current carried down by the whole human race itself.

Hume's sympathetic mirrors as a a description of language use as intrinsically social
the general point of view as an instrument of language use

familial relations by physical, by moral, by jural, and by sacral connections

Never confuse refusal to learn with principle.

God's actions do not need justification; they simply are, the factest of facts, but discussion of justification are not pointless, although they are really more about us than about God. Further, human beings like to know if there could be a justification, if there might be a justification, if there happens to be something that is available as a justification, even when none is strictly needed, because this is how we ourselves think.

'Semantic necessity' is in fact a form of deontic necessity.

Kitsch often functions as a kind of balm, and often as a social lubricant.

Invincible ignorance requires genuine love of truth combined with limited means.

In the courtroom law often has a primarily repulsive effect -- judges decide as they deem appropriate, but they try to avoid clear infringement of the law as commonly understood.

An ecumenical council is merely a concentration, for particular purposes, of the communion of bishops that always exists at least diffusely.

moral congregation : moral :: societas perfecta : jural :: hierarchia : sacral

Human virtue must not be merely had but in some sense must come to be deserved.

sports as venues for developing second-order virtues of capabilities

natural evils as challenges for thymos

Anything with a power to motivate can harm if misused.

the problem of commensurability of goals across forms of life

It is an error to think that personal identity is only one thing.
personal identity: substantial (ontic), moral, jural, sacral

'Heap' is a being of reason relative to a change or action of heaping things together.

closest continuer accounts of tradition
(note that by such an account the papacy is the closest continuer of the Roman Republic)

(broadly libertarian) free will as a postulate of democracy

three aspects of personhood (and its modalities): subject, communication, gift

The act of forgiveness involves change in the status of the forgiven; it only involves change in the forgiver insofar as the forgiver is not always disposed by mercy to forgive.

Good law as a product of love increasing its scope of action.

ministries as divine gifts interacting with human services, either immediately or mediately

images and traces of the Church

justice and preferential option for the virtuous

'the service of the saints' 1 Cor 16:15

moral, jural, and sacral expressions of authority

passive and acts of philosophy -- e.g., preserving philosophical arguments for posterity as a passive philosophical function

kinds of reasoning by which we go beyond our senses
(1) causal inference
(2) profile fitting (based on custom from constant conjunction)
(3) extrapolative supposition
(4) translative conflation
(5) analogical inference

quasi-sympathetic perception (in Hume's sense of sympathy)

sophia, gnosis, pistis, hiamata, dynameis, propheteia, diakriseis pneumaton, glossai, hermeneia glosson, etc. as signs depicting aspects of the heavenly liturgy

imagining vs supposing vs confirming the external world

Bureaucracies inevitably fall into the error of trying to solve problems by refiling them.

Understanding Christian meekness requires understanding that its great exemplars are Moses and Jesus.

In Matthew, the monychangers in the Temple are contrasted with Jesus healing in the Temple, and in John, the Resurrection is the sign of the authority to cast them out.

the natural association between life-giving and holiness

In marriage, husband and wife are morally, jurally, and sacrally one, although not obliterated in any of these orders.

personhood as subsistent consecration

It is inherent to any kind of democratic governance that people will flail about a lot in trying to get a grip on ideas and policies.

1 Clement as being about what is involved in being the People of God

the laity as public of the Church

baptism and confirmation and the double mission of the people of God

The laity are the primary engine of particular religious devotions.