Comments on Daniel Novotny’s Book (2013) Ens Rationis from Suarez to Caramuel

This 14,800 word essay comments on Daniel Novotny’s study in scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model arguments about beings of reason (by Suarez, Hurtado, Mastri, Belluto and Caramuel). Implicit and explicit abstraction are modeled along the way. More

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About the Series: A Course on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction
This course opens the door to postmodern scholasticism. The Baroque scholastics (1580 to 1680AD) lived in Spain at the same time that Galileo, Descartes, and others founded the Age of Ideas. 300 years later, postmodern thought significantly overlaps with concerns of the Baroque scholastics. What is a mind-dependent being? What is abstraction? What is a sign? These are all covered in this course.

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About the Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times
Two models are used to appreciate now-forgotten paths stretching from Baroque scholastics to the present day. These models are the triadic structure of judgment and the category-based nested form. Two recent intellects stand out. One is Jacques Maritain. Born in France, he comes to North America around the time of the second world war. He is keenly interested in how to recover a scholastic approach within this world of modern science. Another is John Deely, whose recent death marks the end of a long career as both a Thomist and a semiotician. Deely confronts the philosophers of the day in a very entertaining manner. This series contains comments on articles from journals such as the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Faith and Philosophy, as well as books, including Daniel Novotny's excellent works on the Baroque scholastics. This series is not a course. It is a place to sample ideas. I encourage readers to consider both the original and the comments. They may be read in tandem or in sequence.

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