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Part 8:  Love in Finality, Love, and Marriage

by David Fleischacker Further, love is the act of a subject (principium quod), and as such it is the principle of union between different subjects. Such union is of two […]...

Square root of two as an irrational number

Square root of two as an irrational number by Br. Dunstan Robidoux OSB edited by Mr. Michael Hernandez MA When Lonergan discusses inverse insight in the first chapter of his […]...

Higher Viewpoints: Part One, from arithmetic to algebra, the transition

This is a repost of a 1997 essay written for a seminar on Insight. Higher Viewpoints: Part One From Arithmetic to Algebra: the transition by David Fleischacker Draft Version 1 […]...

Part 7: Finality, Final Cause, and the Good in “Finality, Love, and Marriage”

by David Fleischacker “For the final cause is the cuius gratia, and its specific or formal constituent is the good as cause.” (Finality, Love, Marriage, 19) This quote” falls within […]...

Part 6: Horizontal and Vertical Finality in Marriage, Love, and Finality

By David Fleischacker Four ideas about the generic relationship of horizontal and vertical finality stand out in Lonergan’s 1943 essay – “Finality, Love, and Marriage.” It is important to note […]...

Book Review: Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box

by David Fleischacker I have been enjoying Michael Behe’s book Darwin’s Black Box (first published in 1996, with an update in 2006).  It brings out a significant challenge in thinking through evolution […]...

Giovanni Sala, S.J. On the Infallibility of the Church and the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theology

Infallible Church and the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian (This is a PDF)...

Part 5a: Horizontal Finality, a note

… marriage is more an incorporation of the finality of sex than  of sex itself. (Finality, Love, Marriage, 45) On vacation, so this will be short.  Horizontal finality refers to […]...

Part 5: Horizontal and Vertical Finality, and a further note on Conjoined Plurality in Finality, Love, and Marriage

by David Fleischacker   Quick note on horizontal and vertical finality I am not going to say much on this today, simply because I am still trying to formulate my […]...

Part 4a: “Conjoined Union” in Finality, Love, and Marriage

by David Fleischacker   As I was thinking about the meaning of a “conjoined union,” the key kind of potency in such a union is not merely finality, but a […]...