MiT XI fragments 745
Archival Number: A745
Author: Lonergan, B.
27 pp. headed MiT XI; numbered 10, 12, 11, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 18 (5), 19, 20, 20, 21, 23, 23, 24, 28, 28. p. 11 is pertinent to natural law discussion. 16: `the ongoing protest on behalf of undifferentiated consciousness; systematic meaning is beyond its comprehension; therefore whatever entails systematic meaning is to be repudiated.' `... the use of Aristotle proved to be a trap. On the one hand, he was the best available source for a reasoned view of the universe. On the other hand, he represented only an early stage of human development--the emergence of systematic meaning. He did not anticipate the later emergence of a method that envisaged an ongoing succession of systems, the later emergence of a Philologie that made it its aim to reconstruct the constructions of mankind, the later ideal of a philosophy both critical and historically-minded that would cut to the root of philosophic disputes and would embrace in a single view the differentiations of human consciousness and the epochs of human history. So it has been in the long run that Aristotle provided an ample and congenial habitation that too many people were too reluctant to abandon.' On the two entitatively disproportionate orders: `in the first there was nature, reason, friendliness, and the good opinion of one's neighbors; in the other was grace, faith, charity, and merit before God. On this showing grace and freedom pertained to distinct orders; it became possible to write treatises on freedom as such; it further became possible to investigate what man could and could not do with and without grace.' 28: `an exigence for a new substructure' to replace the Aristotelian.
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