Thursday, 13 May 2010

Thomas and Scotus in Lonergan

A possible Lonergan paper: "Thomas and Scotus in Lonergan." Lonergan has the most interesting things to say, mostly in his unpublished stuff, about the two great protagonists of the Middle Ages. One of the things I remember is that Scotus wanted to defend the particularity, the event character, of the Incarnation. Thomas was borrowing from Aristotle, for whom particulars had no place in science properly speaking. He had to make place for the particulars... Lonergan himself sees his method as a fusion of the old wisdom and the old prudence - a new communitarian habit capable of handling not only the universal but also the particular.

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