Being and Good as Primary Notions in Aquinas and Lonergan

by Br. Dunstan Robidoux OSB     In the order which one finds in Lonergan’s intentionality analysis, moral deliberation succeeds acts of reflective understanding which have concluded that certain things are true and other, false.  Good presents itself as a more comprehensive notion.  A person can begin with a...

Judgment in Aquinas and Lonergan

by Br. Dunstan Robidoux OSB When Lonergan speaks about judgment in terms of affirmation and negation (one affirms, for instance, that something is so or one affirms that something is not so), he speaks differently from Aquinas who had tended to speak about judgment in terms of notions which...

Originating Consciousness and Emanation within God

by Br. Dunstan Robidoux OSB In Lonergan’s theology of the Trinity as this is given in his The Triune God: Systematics, Lonergan postulates explanatory principles (as needed) in order to move toward richer experiences of meaning with respect to how the God of Christian belief is to be conceived...

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Embryonic Stem Cells, Adult Stem Cells, and Medical Treatments

by Dr. David Fleischacker Only adult stem cells work in adult tissues. Embryonic stem cells work in embryos, not mature organisms. The Term “Stem Cell” Unfortunately, the technical language that develops within a discipline does not always suggest what it should, especially when it is used in the general...

40 Years Since Humanae Vitae: A Metaphysical Distinction

by Dr. David Fleischacker   As with men, the organic and psychic life of women possesses an intelligibility that begins with the finality to conceive life.  And as in men, the lower levels are intrinsically oriented toward higher levels of intellectual, rational, volitional life, with an obediential potency to...