Among the many tools of the mind at the philosopher’s disposal, the test of self-reference is one of the most fundamental, subtle, and direct. I have utilized it myself in past arguments (here). In summary, the test is one of retorsion: you turn back the meaning of what a speaker says or claims upon … Continue reading Hans Jonas and the test of self-reference
I’ve just activated a new page, containing quotations from the “border wars” between philosophy and physics. It’s part of a scheme for a future (and short) book project, aimed at young students in both fields. For now, however, all there is of the book (besides a general outline) is an appendix of quotes.
How does one define the universe? St. Thomas argues that the universe can be considered under higher lights: for instance, as possessing the good of a unity of order with God as its separate, common good. (See St. Thomas, In Meta., lib. XII, lect. 12, nn. 2629–37.) However, it seems that there are three moments … Continue reading Dissertation quisquilia: on the universe