Friday, June 11, 2021

Dashed Off XII


Everything we perceive has modal structure -- possibility, impossibility, necessity, non-necessity are part of perception itself.

mathematics as an abstraction from causal reasoning

"Beauty has the mode of being of light." Gadamer

Criticisms of Marion regularly conflate the phenomenal feel of excessiveness and Marion's 'excess beyond the concept'. Saturation is not a matter of intensive feel but of manifestation of that which eludes full objectification.

phenomenal poverty
(1) quantitative: too little information
(2) qualitative: too much obscurity
(3) relation: too tenuously subtle
(4) modality: too regardable
-- An example of (4) might be found in the experience of not being able to tell if something is due to oneself or not.
--Think of a murky night and seeing a shape in the darkness. What is it? It is not clear or manifest enough (2), it is seen only in outline (1), I cannot get a clear idea of how it is situated with respect to me (3); is it a dog or a tree stump or a trick of my eyes, I do not know (4). It is weakly given, so weakly I do not know how to conceptualize it very well, I do not know what it is.
-- the impoverished phenomenon will have a sort of analogy to the saturated phenomenon, as blind darkness to blinding light, as confusion from lack of information to confusion from too much information at once.

The phenomena are always already interpreted, but they are also always already uninterpreted. That is to say, it is a mistake to think phenomena and interpretation are always exactly adequate to each other; that they are distinguishable at all arises from the fact that they are not.

That saturated phenomena exceed concept does not imply that no concept is applicable to them for any purpose. (This mistake is repeatedly found in Gschwandtner's discussion of Marion.)

Much of contemporary theology of the Trinity is merely the invention of Trinity-sounding mythologies.

Love is the fulfilling of the law because love is the Spirit dwelling in us.
life-giving as a mode of love
Love is like breathing.
Loving is expressed in giving (Jn 3:16).

"To be sent is to be known as from another." Albert

All signification is poetry in training.

"Maria est echo Verbi Divini." Caramuel

Political faction is part of how people offload their thinking to others.

four primary modes of Church teaching: Scriptural, iconic, hagiological, and liturgical.

Although the human community by tradition may teach various things concerning God and His works, it cannot teach us things sufficient for saving union with God, which requires the teaching of a supernatural community. That this teaching of a supernatural community might be constant and unmoved, the community must in some way be preserved whole against human weakness. The authority of the Church depends on its origin; as it is from God, it is authoritative and divine, and this is confirmed by tis wonderful preservation against powerful and hostile enemies who have sought to destroy it in every way, and also in the candor of the saints, who confess their sins in glorifying God, and also by its martyrs who have shown its character by their union with the Christ's Passion and the seal of their blood; it is seen again in the sublimity of its doctrine and its sacraments, often going beyond the acuteness of human reason, and its power of showing holiness in every state of life. The providence of God does not will that the Church it has established for the salvation of the human race could become so corrupt as to fail in that purpose.

Architecture by its nature fails if it is not both cooperative and done with regard to what the community will see.

One of the more important ideas the post-medieval era has added to philosophical analysis of skill/art/craft is the concept of the 'end user'.

Abstract end user, style-governed produce; concrete end user, function-governed product.

The tinker is the seed of the engineer.

Marriage gets its character-like aspect from the fact that it is a natural and supernatural state of life.

sacramentalia associated with different states of life in the Church (kingship, religious consecration, catechumenate, etc.)

"Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse." Jonathan Swift
"As the best law is founded upon reason, so are the best manners."

Swift: good manners as an artificial good sense given that good sense itself is rare

"God is friendly; we are estranged." Eckhart

Each sacrament contributes something to our picture of glory.

Uniting human nature and divine nature hypostatically, Christ goes on to unite human persons and divine persons sacramentally.

delegate vs. trustee models of elected representation

The Tenth Amendment clearly envisages a delegation model of representation.

1 Kg 10:18-20 // 2 Chr. 9:17-19 as type of Maria Sedes Sapientiae

Quran 3:42 -- "O Mary, God has chosen you and purified you; He has chosen you above all the women of creation."
Surah 66:12 calls Mary Qanitah (the Obedient) and Siddiqah (the Faithful)

A persuasive argument is generally one that enables those following it to contribute their own evidence.

proof qua logical structure vs proof qua narrative following of logical structure

the Christology of Babai
-- kiana (pl. kiane): nature in the abstract (corresponds to definition)
-- qnoma (pl. qnome): individual kiana existing by itelf, e.g., one out of many, but only as it can receive individuation
-- parsopa (pl. parsope): the totality of features making it possible to identify this one rather than that one.
-- the Church of the East holds that God is one kiana, three qnome, and three parsope; the parsope are paternity, filiation, and procession. Christ has the parsopa of divine filiation, the qnoma of being the Son, and a human qnoma. He is two qnome with a single parsopa of divine filiation. He does have human parsope of color, height, etc., but human filiation is not one of those.

Mary as the dispositive cause of the Incarnation

The importance of Mary's physical conception of Christ should not be minimized. Christ takes flesh from and in the body of the Virgin; she is the locus of, and physical cooperator with, the very act of the Incarnation. She bears the Word of God, and this physical act is part, not separate from, her belief, her consent, her hearing the word of God and keeping it. Contemporary Mariology is overly squeamish about the Son of God becoming incarnate by a pregnancy, about His being physically part of a pregnant woman. The embryonic Word was implanted in the uterine wall; through the placenta the fetal Word received nutrients and oxygen, fed by His mother's body even before birth. Even from the beginning she mediated between Christ and the world. Through the whole of His life, she tended His body, in all the ways the body can be tended, carrying Him in the womb and dressing Him for the tomb.

The logical conception of set presupposes the notion of truth.

"The alternative to theism is not atheism but idolatry." Kreeft

The Notes of the Church are the preconditions for a community of salvation.

Baptism, confirmation, ordination, and marriage form states of life. Penance and unction deal with conditions that can interfere with the ends of those states of life. Eucharist contributes to achieving the ends of those states of life.

A community requires a genealogy, even if only one that is a fiction of customary law.

Head, Cornerstone, Door emphasize Christ as necessarily united principle; Vine as including principle; Shepherd, King, and High Priest as ordering principle.

David as the Shepherd King Prophet

"Don't judge me" is the motto of modernity; the refusal to be judged is related to the conflation of self-identification and identity.

Christ the torii on whom the Dove dwells
-- torii is literally related to 'door'; comes from Indian torana
-- torii can be read as 'bird perch'; some relate it to toori-iru (pass through and enter)

Mary as both shrine and shrine maiden

yorishiro (lit. approach substitute): physical instrumentality through which kami become accessible

Christian martyrdom gives an advantaged perspective on matters of faith and salvation because of its union with Christ's passion, the source of our salvation; this advantaged perspective is like that a virtuous person has of virtue, and constitutes it as authoritative in comparison to others; we participate in the martyr's perspective through the liturgy of the Church.

Danto's transfiguration and Caramuel's moral transubstantiation

interstate highway as urbanization trellis

Insistence on expertise is all too often an attempt to build a rank above the peasantry.

Much of literacy historically seems to arise and develop in a sort of inter-relation with military life.

Oral cultures with writing are often related to writing in somewhat like the way ours is related to computer programming.

decadence as aimless unstable dependence

Things like pan-Celtic identity are not so much inherited as congealed out of analogies between inheritances.

the phenomenon of policy-based evidence-making

"The significance of Hegel in the History of Philosophy is to be found in the fact that he unites in one system the Aristotelian and Kantian movements in thought." William Torrey Harris

All non-artificial religion is nature-relation *and* art-religion *and* a religion involving some kind of revelation.

Teleology is the concept that makes mechanism an intelligible concept.

There may be something to Dante's close association of Purgatory with art -- satispassion and purification in art.

the system of indulgences as a reflection in the Church Militant of the Church Patient, and a sort of training for Purgatory

Ministry of Christ : Church Militant :: Passion of Christ : Church Patient :: Resurrection & Ascension of Christ : Church Triumphant
-- Christ Militant, Christ Patient, Christ Triumphant

The unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity of the Church Militant looks forward through the unity, etc., of the Church Patient to the unity, etc. of the Church Triumphant.

adstratal influence of one philosophical system on another

the triple communion of the Church in Eucharist (Albert)
(1) universal Church (Te igitur)
(2) the living (Memento)
(3) saints in heaven (Communicantes)

One of the major motivating elements for an orthodox angelology is the recognition that the angels play a role in liturgy.

Angelic life is liturgical.