Tag Archives: Ontology

Making Sense of Ontological Irrationalism

In his November 17, 2016, post on Siris, “Implying Bottom,”* Brandon Watson casts a critical eye on a paragraph contained in an article by Stephen Maitzen, “The Problem of Magic.”** The two then, in the Comments section, engage in nicely … Continue reading

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The Simplest Options Possible in the Theory of Identity in Concise Statement

0. In the course of my continued reading and rereading Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Reality. A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought,* it has occurred to me that the simplest options possible in the theory of identity are susceptible of very concise statement. … Continue reading

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The Commanding Position of Theology over “All Other Modes of Knowledge” in “Radical Orthodoxy” and Thomas Aquinas

In his April 1, 2014, post on the blog, Against the Grain, “Mulcahy on Milbank,” Christopher Blosser quotes the following passage from Bernard Mulcahy, Aquinas’s Notion of Pure Nature and the Christian Integralism of Henri de Lubac (New York: Peter Lane … Continue reading

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Universal Propositions and “Existential Import”

Introduction. In a note (25, p. 171) in Christopher Shields’ quite admirable overview, Aristotle (2nd edition; London and New York: Routledge, 2014), we find the following passage, setting forth (Ibid., p. 143) the “three simple and, he [Aristotle] thinks, intuitively … Continue reading

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A Note on Metaphysics, in Partial Response to Peter Hacker’s “Why Study Philosophy?”

0. In “Why study philosophy?,” a note posted to his Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog, Brian Leiter points us to an article, also bearing the title, “Why Study Philosophy,” posted at iai news* and written by Peter Hacker, Emeritus research … Continue reading

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A First Reply to the Maverick Philosopher’s Replies to My “Seeing and the Existence of the Seen”

0. Bill Vallicella of Maverick Philosopher fame has published two posts in response to my “Seeing and the Existence of the Seen” of December 31, 2013, itself written in response to his “On Seeing: Intentionality without Aspectuality?” of December 30, 2013. … Continue reading

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Theories of Knowledge … in Parallel Outline 1 Revisited

0. An old friend, or rather a friend, hardly old but of long standing, responded to my December 30, 2013, post, “Theories of Knowledge and Theories of Linguistic Representation in Parallel Outline 1,” with an elegant, “Huh?” That suggested to me … Continue reading

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