Author Archives: Rchard E. Hennessey

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A Diagram of the Trinity

Today my eyes fell on a diagram, the Scutum Fidei or “Shield of Faith,” the purpose of which is to set forth the relationships which classical Christianity believes to exist between and among the three persons of the Trinity, God … Continue reading

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Conceiving of Exceptions to the First Principles

1. In my immediately previous post, the “First Thoughts on the First Principles” of January 19, 2018, I offered statements of the principles, of non-contradiction and excluded middle, recognized as “first principles” by classical philosophical thought. I further pointed to … Continue reading

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First Thoughts on the First Principles

1. As I noted in the immediately previous post, (1) the coming semester will seem me teaching an “Introduction to Philosophy” course and (2) at least some, if not most, of the posts to come as the semester unfolds will … Continue reading

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Postings During the Spring 2018 Semester

The primary reason why I have for some time not published any posts to this blog is that that my teaching responsibilities took over my professional life. There is also a secondary reason, that I have begun seeing a diminishing … Continue reading

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Aquinas and the Theory of Comparative Intelligence

0. (This post is the tenth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics.*) I devoted my post of September 19, 2017, “Aquinas’s Arguments for the Thesis That the Science … Continue reading

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An Alternative to “Simultaneous” in the Logic of Priority and Posteriority

I am engaged in some thinking, surely elementary, about logical (or ontological) priority and posteriority and their analogy with temporal priority and posteriority. More specifically, I am thinking that, just as there is the one word, “simultaneous,” meaning “at the … Continue reading

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Aquinas’s Arguments for the Thesis That the Science of the Most Intelligible Objects Is Wisdom.

(This post is the ninth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics.*) 1. In the present post I will first offer, in an at least somewhat summary fashion, the … Continue reading

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Aquinas’s Thesis of the Identity of the Intellect Knowing and the Intellectual Object Known

This post is the eighth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics.* 0. In a previous post, the “Touching upon the Theory of Act and Potency,” of August 23, … Continue reading

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Bringing in Edward Feser’s Five Proofs of the Existence of God

Edward Feser’s Five Proofs of the Existence of God* (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2017) has been out for a few weeks now, though I received my copy, ordered in June, just a few days ago. The book commands serious reading … Continue reading

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Touching upon the Theory of Act and Potency

0. I’ll start this post, the sixth in a series dedicated to a sustained reading of and commentary upon Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle,* with a brief overview of the posts that have seen the light of … Continue reading

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