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"Approaches to God" - Jacques Maritain


"The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas: From Finite Being to Uncreated Being." - John F. Wippel
 

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Asteriktos said:
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From Finite Being to Uncreated Being.
The title grabbed me...  could you give a basic overview of it (so far)? :)
It's an exhaustive overview of the Metaphysical thought of Thomas Aquinas.
Chapters: 1) Aquinas on the nature of metaphysics
2) Our Discovery of the Subject of Metaphysics
3) The Problem of Parmenides and the Analogy of Being
4) Participation and the Problem of the One and the Many
5) Essence-Esse composition and the One and the Many
6) Relative Non-being and the one and the many
7) Substance-Accident composition
8 ) Substance-Accidents, and Esse
9) Prime Matter and Substantial Form
10) Arguments for God's existence (Introductory Remarks)
11) Arguments for God's Existence in Earlier Writings
12) The Five Ways

13) Quidditative Knowledge of God and Analogical Knowledge
14)Concluding Remarks

This is quite a scholarly look at Aquinas, from the perspective of a scholarly Thomist. One need not agree with all of Wippel's arguments to appreciate this book.
 

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All that is changeable
Is but refraction
The unattainable
Here becomes action
Human discernment
Here is passed by
Woman Eternal
Draws us on high.

- Goethe's Faust
 

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Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
 

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Papist said:
This is quite a scholarly look at Aquinas, from the perspective of a scholarly Thomist. One need not agree with all of Wippel's arguments to appreciate this book.
I put this on my to-buy book list for the fall of 2019 (I currently have books listed all the way into 2023). Yes, I am that crazy and/or lagging :D

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I would like to read Kafka's Metamorphosis after I'm done with Faust
"Preparing ship for metamorphosis, sir!"
"Good! Get on with it..."
"Ready Kafka?"
*Mel Brooks looks at Rick Moranis*

-- Spaceballs
 

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I have the first three Dresden Files books (omnibus) on order from Amazon.  I've already read the first one.

Also, Napoleon's Lancers and Dragoons.
 

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vamrat said:
I have the first three Dresden Files books (omnibus) on order from Amazon.  I've already read the first one.

Also, Napoleon's Lancers and Dragoons.
Harry Dresden rules high above the murky waters of most urban fantasy. :)

Currently taking a break from reading. Need to concentrate on catching up with my writing projects instead.
 

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Finished Early Greek Philosophy, from Penguin--it's the complete fragments of the Pre-Socratics.

Now working through Plato, which is gradually rendering St. Maximus intelligible.

Also, Sigmund Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psycho-analysis.
 

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Papist said:
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Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.
Where you just trying to make this less gay?

 

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The Invisible Gorilla - And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us, by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

Fascinating read. It speaks about how when we focus on certain things, our minds tend to filter out the unexpected or unusual, how we tend to have more trust in personal testimony than statistical data, even when the data says something much different (because we naturally prefer narrative, with its appeal to emotion, to abstract data), and how faulty our memories can be (including the phenomenon of failure of source memory, where we appropriate other peoples' stories into our personal narratives and make them our own). Now I understand why my brother always takes my stories and tells them back to me years later as something that happened to him!  :D Anyway, if you're into this kind of thing, I highly recommend this book!

Why Evolution is True, by Jerry A. Coyne... on audiobook... I listen while I do housework. Great book.



 

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Papist said:
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Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.
Ah, I have a Greek-English copy of that one. But I first want to understand the Metaphysics and the Categories before I move on, and they are giving me enough troubles already. My crude Platonist mind has difficulties grasping the subtleties of the Philosopher. Luckily Aquinas is helping me a bit  :)
 

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Schultz said:
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"A is for Musk Ox"

"The Beekeepers Apprentice"
How are you enjoying tBA, Quinault?  It took me a very long time to even consider reading non-canonical Sherlock Holmes stories but after reading a few short story anthologies, I ended up giving the Mary Russell series a shot and love them!
The book started out kind of slow, but I enjoyed it very much. I started reading The Moor, that is more difficult to get into.
 

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This week:

Dostoevsky: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. by Rene Wellek
The Weekend Novelist, by Robert J Ray
 

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Reading, or rather listening to, an audiobook from the BBC, "The Romans in Britain."  :)
 

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Cyrillic said:
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Giving Aristotle's Categories another try. I also started reading Aristotle's metaphysics with Aquinas' commentary.
I think I might read posetior analytics.
Ah, I have a Greek-English copy of that one. But I first want to understand the Metaphysics and the Categories before I move on, and they are giving me enough troubles already. My crude Platonist mind has difficulties grasping the subtleties of the Philosopher. Luckily Aquinas is helping me a bit  :)
:) From what I understand, posterior analytics, and physics both give some back ground that are helpful in reading Metaphysics.
 

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This week...

The Stranger, by Albert Camus (yes, again)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by JRR Tolkien (first time in many years)
The Brief English Handbook, by Dornan and Dawe (it'll learn me goodly!)
 

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Moby Dick (on audiobook)
The Siege of Krishnapur
Entry into the Inconceivable: An Introduction to Hua-yen Buddhism
The book of Deuteronomy
 

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After a month-long detour into nonfiction, I picked up A Storm of Swords again. I expect to finish it over the weekend.
 

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"At the Mountains of Madness," H. P. Lovecraft.

Come to think of it, why does everybody say his initials? His first name was Howard. Not bad, and not hard to say.

Howard!

That is all.
 

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Has anyone read anything by Alasdair MacIntyre? Just curious what folks think of him.

I am reading Faust, albeit at such a slow place to comprehend what the hell is going on. I don't know if I'm up to the challenge to be honest, but I'll readily admit it is a beautiful work thus far.

And Nico, you're favorite word "vouchsafe" is in the translation.
 

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http://www.ccel.org/ccel/athanasius/incarnation.html

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/athanasius/incarnation.pdf
 

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Adding this week:

Dostoevsky: A Self-Portrait, by Jessie Coulson
The Times Atlas of World History
 

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Achronos said:
Has anyone read anything by Alasdair MacIntyre? Just curious what folks think of him.

I am reading Faust, albeit at such a slow place to comprehend what the hell is going on. I don't know if I'm up to the challenge to be honest, but I'll readily admit it is a beautiful work thus far.

And Nico, you're favorite word "vouchsafe" is in the translation.
Interesting guy, old Alasdair. He eventually becomes a kind of Thomist, but not quite your typical one. He is very interested in discussions concerning the validity and objectivity/subjectivity of reason.
 

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Nearing the end of Sylvia Cranston's very lengthy (but worth every page) work :

HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky, Founder of the Modern Theosophical Movement
 
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