This essay comments on a short article appearing in The Catholic Social Science Review (vol. 22, 2017, pages 147-156). The goal is to re-articulate the argument using the primal triad of judgment and the category based nested form. More
James V. Schall S.J. is a professor emeritus of Georgetown University. He has written many books on reason, revelation and political philosophy. In this article, he argues that political philosophy differs from other philosophies. It must be open to “something” beyond the city (polis). For ancient Greek philosophers, such as Plato, this “something” required the immortality of the soul. Otherwise, justice could not prevail in the polis. For Christians, the “something” extends to the resurrection of the body. Otherwise, justice would not be ultimate. These comments re-articulate Schall’s argument using the relation structures inspired by the categories of Charles S. Peirce. The first relation structure is the triad of judgment. The second is the interscope. The re-articulation explores an alternate textual structure and more clearly exposes the relational nature of political philosophy. Prerequisite texts: A Primer on the Category-Based Nested Form, A Primer on Sensible and Social Construction, the chapter on “presence” in How To Define the Word “Religion”.
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About the Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy
Today, political philosophy may wonder about the object of its speculation. The sovereign is not the only one in the picture. History cannot be ignored. Sensible construction meets social construction in these comments and essays.
About the Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times
Two models are used to appreciate the tendrils stretching from the present day into the oft forgotten Baroque and earlier scholastics of Christendom. These models are the triadic structure of judgment and the category-based nested form.
Two recent thinkers stand out.
One is Jacques Maritain, originally born in France. He came to Northern 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 also confronted the philosophers of the day. He did so in a very entertaining manner.
Also, within this series, many articles from journals such as the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Faith and Philosophy, and others are commented upon, as well as Daniel Novotny excellent works on the Baroque scholastics.
This series is not a course, but a place to sample ideas. I encourage readers to consider both the original and these comments. They may be read in tandem or in sequence.