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Zanchi’s Aristotle (5): “Man Gave Names to All the Animals”

Zanchi continues his exposition of Adam as the first philosopher. His evidence? “Man gave names to all the animals.” (That’s a Bob Dylan song, of course; you can listen to Johnny Cash’s version here.) There is an important point about language in Zanchi’s position here: for him, it seems, language is not conventional (arbitrary signs […]

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Beauty Answers to Cognition, Not Desire

Many of us are predisposed, I think, to think of the nebulous concept “beauty” in appetitive terms. That is, it answers primarily to┬ádesire: the responsional relationship is between our longing and some aesthetic object. Indeed, in most (or, rather, nearly all) popular usage, the concept is drastically (and advantageously) underdetermined, such that it becomes merely […]

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Apologia pro Analogia

Analogy, and especially Trinitarian analogy, gets a bad rap in theology. See, for instance, St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies. Trinitarian analogies, it is said, always end up in some kind of heresy, whether modalism, Arianism, or something else. I’d like to offer some resistance to this criticism on the grounds that it misunderstands the way in […]

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Analogue Economics and the Nature of Currency

Wes Baker has an insightful post on economics, arguing that the Austrian School improperly commodifies money and thus fails to understand the constitutive nature of a society. He writes: I have often referred to Austrian economics as “analogue economics” (as opposed to “digital”)… What I mean is that this school of economics tends to treat […]