It is this blunder on Gilson's part that causes him to throw the commentatorial tradition under the bus and to give the impression that Thomism died with Thomas and was only rediscovered in the 20th Century by Gilson. In fact, on purely mathematical grounds, it is quite easy to replace the formalism by something else; for example, just expand everything mathematical in sight in terms of ZFC, so that (2) becomes(2') Observables are sets (of sets of sets of... or epsilon-trees or whatever).The whole QM formalism might be overturned and replaced by something else, and the considerations leading to the replacement may have to do with say, new experimental data. But individuated humanities--such as your humanity, my humanity, etc.--exist within substances at certain locations in space and time. Other than being numerically distinct, that something is exactly the same in X and Y.From a classical theist standpoint, one could even say that X and Y share participating in the same divine idea of F, i.e. Sure, there's just one team, but each of them has his own unique "property" of belonging to it: "Michael Jordan's belonging to the Bulls" is not the same property as "Scottie Pippen's belonging to the Bulls." thing is not really distinct from its essence, so that existence needn’t be, If this is Rand’s Granted that the object of one’s consciousness exists, That brings Yet existence, in fact, does … "For whatever it's worth, I have . "I don't see why it would be. For example, a stone is like God in that it exists, but unlike him in that it is subject to privations.What does it mean to say that X is similar to Y in all respects? Yep, that's exactly the direction that I thought your views at the time were anticipating; I was even thinking to myself how much the idea that, to paraphrase, "All things are in some way a constant production of God's thought" looked so much like Aquinas's position, or how you pratically stated that you thought that "everything is intelligible in so far that it exists", and yet you were a Spizonist of sorts! From what I’ve read, a form is an intelligible principle that accounts for what kind of thing something is supposed to be(come). But forms are only "the same" in two places when we think of this as a perfect likeness between two substances. But see previous point / warning. I reject the analysis of sameness and similarity in terms of partial identity and partial difference, for reasons we've gone over.And the primary reason, insofar as I understand it, is that if the only kind of sameness is formal and numerical identity, then it is impossible for there to be partial sameness, because the numerical identity condition would be violated. "There is no God, and Man is made in His image," as I put it in a paraphrase of Lord Russell's description of Santayana. Why Life Does Not Really Exist. As such, Aquinas shows that existence is not a static “something” but an action. For what does not exist must be something, or it would be meaningless to deny its existence ; and hence we need the concept of being, as that which belongs even to the non-existent." Say that the chicken lays eggs and the platypus lays eggs. But once you have erected a boundary between the “unique resemblance relations” that characterize colors, and the “unique resemblance relations” that characterize non-colors, then you can certainly say that what the “unique resemblance relations” that characterize colors have in common is that they all occur within the boundary or demarcation. I think that is why Aquinas calls the divine ideas “forms” at ST 1.15.1, because they are what accounts for what kinds of things substances can be or are by virtue of their status as ideal archetypes or models of the kings of things that substances can be. Even many Christians have a sort of default scientistic naturalist imagination - they view nature quite differently to our ancestors, Christians or even pagans. Laying eggs is what the chicken and the platypus have in common. It's the reason that you've always had trouble understanding Aquinas. But the question is, can the writer pull it off, despite his flaws. While others collect rare items. And since each color has its own unique place in that spectrum, the real properties in question do not remain constant across all colors.Again, this just presupposes that each specific color exists within the same totality or framework. However, I don't see that it undermines my position. Rank: Indeed. is a stone or humanness is a human being, neither of which is true? We see the surface of things and infer that they have an interior. species), and different measure (e.g. As far as Idealism is concerned, I think you are absolutely correct, and I think the titles, properly understood, are actually very discribtive on distinguishing between Plato and Aristotle's views. In that case, then is the information the same in the two instantiations? If like1 and like2 (relations) were alike (related), then they would be alike through themselves rather than through some like3. There's plenty in Hugo that might repulse a person; there's nothing unreasonable about being repulsed by Hugo. I like Rand no better than the next man, but Hari is a leftwing hack. Are you referring to a form, i.e. Is that true? SCG b1 ch71.15:"We must likewise observe, as was shown above, that just as God in knowing Himself knows other things without any discursiveness of the intellect, so likewise it is not necessary that His knowledge be discursive if He knows the evil through the good. If there was an actual square, then its properties would flow from the essence that is isomorphic with the divine idea of squareness. After all, that would require some way to analyze the resemblance, which would make it analyzable.Second, wouldn’t that mean that a duck is also a color? The resemblance theorist can perfectly well acknowledge that they belong to the same team; he merely has to deny that their common membership entails the existence of some "abstract" or "generic" attribute that Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen literally share. (Also see above, where Jeremy Taylor points out that for Plato, forms, include the particulars that participate in them.) Calling it an F presupposes that it is universal, and that it is coherent to discuss one thing being in multiple places. But the point-scoring skills of Michael Jordan are not the same as the point-scoring skills of Scotty Pippen. ” Third, some say that even if it is true that some being caused our universe to exist, this does not prove the existence of the Christian God. "Well, I don't think there's any getting around real universals for anyone, Thomist or otherwise, and not just in the divine intellect. Nor do I appreciate the snide remark about the formation of my taste not being above a 16-year-old's. I chose the photograph of The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci because the picture itself is of a man who seems to be completely proportional, a man who is “perfect”. Recall what that paper said before: formal sameness is "midway between identity and ordinary similarity". "Feser... has the rare and enviable gift of making philosophical argument compulsively readable" Sir Anthony Kenny, Times Literary Supplement It's all very well to talk of a Platonic form as an F, the F being a Form, e.g., the Form "dog", with Rover being an instantiation. Is this accurate? And in this the notion of an idea consists.”The common origin is the incomprehensible divine substance, so no.But the common origin is not the divine substance itself, but rather the divine archetype F that exists within the divine intellect. You would reduce formal identity in the latter category to formal similarity or likeness. ]"For the record, Rand wrote in a letter when she was very young and hadn't even begun to work out her epistemological views that (my paraphrase) she wanted to become the world's greatest enemy of religion. @rank sophist:"I don't think that any account of formal sameness can remain coherent unless it cashes out sameness in terms of metaphysically basic likeness, in which two things (even two forms) just are similar to certain degrees and in certain ways. Second, I still don’t understand what “virtually” means. Rather, they are radically different and incommensurable entities. But as I’ve argued before, I don’t see why sameness must be so narrowly construed. I disagree with you when you claim that this likeness relation is basic and irreducible, because if that were true, then you could never specify in what way X is like Y. I don't know - maybe I'm over-speculating too.Atheists, eh? Dependence? Aquinas distinguishes between first act and second act: First Act = The act that brings about existence, Second Act = The particular type of action that this or that thing performs. Spitzer, © 2020 Magis Center | In other words, He must exist because it is His nature to exist. In addition, the resemblance theorist must assume that resemblance remains constant throughout the different likeness relationships. Reality is that which exists" it is because I agree with Galt, in the position that without the existence theory in general, there would be no reality, nor mankind, that I agree to accept affirmation of today's round: Does existence exist." "Basically I am looking for anything that lies in the heart of scientific inquiry, whether a hypothesis, entity or principle that cannot be tested experimentally. I suppose it depends on what is meant by supernatural,"'Supernatural' means not following any set rules or natural law-like behaviour. But the ideas are interesting and the viewpoint refreshingly different. Aquinas certainly is not saying that God understands things via "forms" in the same sense that humans do, because he expressly denies this in ST I q84 a5. How do they interact with matter? @grodriguesThis (I think) fits the bill precisely but my understanding of QM is not as advanced as your description. Which was my point. Scott: Why can't Socrates's resemblance to Plato just be very much like Socrates's humanity's resemblance to Plato's humanity? On most views of irreducibility the irreducible allows for analysis (analysis does not require reduction, and, indeed, most analyses don't involve it), but even setting this aside, resemblances can be distinguished from each other, and compared in terms of higher-order resemblances, and they can also demarcate resemblances based on how they are known -- which means that the resemblance theorist can have plenty to say about it that's not synonymy. There is only one EM spectrum, and not a near-infinite number in accordance with every possible EM frequency. First, in epistemology, if we collapse essence as a metaphysical constituent of being into the existence of the concretely existing thing, we exclude the possibility of intellectual judgment altogether. Isn’t For example, we may never know all the ins and outs of what it means to be a tree, but we certainly have the form of treeness in our intellect, and the form of treeness must exist in the divine intellect as the ideal archetype of treeness from which all trees are derived from. "Well, at any rate a theory that allows some relations of irreducible resemblance. People will make up their own enchantment, and they're as happy doing it in a modern scientific background (see the sci-fi/fantasy section of any bookshop) as a theological one. Existence itself is inherently nothing in and of itself, its quality of being is only there when used by a being that has existence already, so for nothing to have the quality of existence does not negate its nothingness. The focus of this wiki will be on ways in which the limit of a function can fail to exist at a given point, even when the function is defined in a neighborhood of the point. The question is whether being derived from divine archetype F is the same in F-in-X and F-in-Y (in the sense of non-numerical identity). A duck has a unique relation of resemblance to all the colors of the spectrum, as well. How to use exist in a sentence. In this scenario, two nodes resemble one another more than another two nodes depending upon how close they are within this massive network of relations. In other words, I think your proposed dichotomy is probably a false one. )The existence/essence distinction is made in objectivism using different names. (Or consider something like "Smith resembles Paul Newman in somewhat the same way that Jones resembles Robert Redford."). Socrates is not Plato. "How does a chicken resemble a platypus?" Why? You see this as being absolute sameness; I see it as being absolute likeness.I’m not sure that’s right. In On the Making of Man 16.9, he writes:“While two natures— the Divine and incorporeal nature, and the irrational life of brutes— are separated from each other as extremes, human nature is the mean between them: for in the compound nature of man we may behold a part of each of the natures I have mentioned—of the Divine, the rational and intelligent element, which does not admit the distinction of male and female; of the irrational, our bodily form and structure, divided into male and female: for each of these elements is certainly to be found in all that partakes of human life.”Note how he says that human nature is partly the divine, immaterial and intellectual nature and partly the brutish, material and irrational nature. Therefore, there must be something about really existing things that accounts for this very existing, and it is not their essence; it is their existence. Rank: "Being on a team" is not an ontic or ontological state. But according to the resemblance theorist, Plato, Socrates and Fido do not actually share being an animal in common. How would that violate the Identity of Indiscernibles? "Early in his career (in De ente et essentia) Thomas put forth the really astonishing proposition that essence/form is *neither* one nor many. If a relation relates through itself, then the likeness of the two likenesses would have to relate through itself, and not through the other two relations. This commonality does not change from color to color, which means that it remains literally the same in each specific color. October 3, 2019 | 12:01 am. You just keep begging the question and assuming that A) formal identity can be the absolute identity that you need to it be and B) that absolute identity in two places is not a contradiction. It is this blunder on Gilson's part that causes him to throw the commentatorial tradition under the bus and to give the impression that Thomism died with Thomas and was only rediscovered in the 20th Century by Gilson. I attended a hockey game earlier this evening with two philosopher friends, Brendan and Shanahan. This would be a particular form of roundness.However, I don’t see why the intellect cannot perform one more abstraction that removes –in-A and –in-B from roundness-in-A and roundness-in-B, which would just leave roundness, independent of any instantiation, and absent any particularities that would result in numerical distinction.The forms in the intellect are numerically different from the forms of the things that the intellect understands. Again, I don’t see why this is impossible, unless you have an unduly restricted sense of “sameness” that only involves formal and numerical identity. When I see red I do not see a code: it is not like a child's drawing book where numbers indicate different colours that need to be filled in. Sameness ultimately relies on shades of likeness, from what Aquinas calls "perfect likeness" to mere analogy. that like saying that there is nothing that exists, which is also manifestly a process of intellectual abstraction of the particularities of X and Y ultimately ends in F. And at the end of the day, all that means is that X and Y are derived from the same divine idea F in the divine intellect. I hope you have the time to chime in with any thoughts you may have.Thanks. So, you cannot say that Plato is more like Socrates than like Fido the dog. That is to say, as a kind of a ghostly supernal wire diagram, awaiting birth in matter ...If professor Feser, or anyone else, has any insights offer one who is currently reading this particular text, I'd be interested in hearing them. But a quale has no "frequency. Aquinas makes similar arguments in the SCG.In another sense, there are two, because there are two kinds of forms, i.e. The likeness relation between Socrates and Plato cannot be identical to the likeness relation between Socrates’ humanity and Plato’s humanity, but rather one likeness can only be like another likeness. Individuals pre-exist in God.So, he’s not saying that divine ideas are not forms, but only that in the case of divine ideas about material entities, there must be a divine idea that corresponds to the form-matter composite itself, and not a specific divine idea for the form and another divine idea for the matter.He's saying that God knows the composite directly, and that he virtually comprehends form and matter because he knows the composite. If they were seriously to conclude that the reasons they don't like Homer, or Dante, or Shakespeare, or Austen show that these authors are no-talent hacks, that's a sign of both stupidity and incompetent reading. (And I think it's properly regarded as a form of idealism. Ok, so my use of the Identity of Indiscernibles was probably wrong, since it is actually formulated for much more specific situations than I realized. God is the most parsimonious explanation why there is something rather than nothing. In other words, how is form F more like form G and less like form H? But there's plenty of evidence that people make things up! Essence is an ontological category, while form is ontic. Simply saying that the two resemblances each have a unique resemblance relation to sight doesn’t help, again, because any resemblance will have a unique relation to sight.You are arbitrarily demanding a poverty of resources to which the resemblance theorist, as such, is simply not committed. Suppose that the observable Universe were only a If it is just similar, then animality in dogness would have to differ in some way from animality in humanity, and in that case, you would not have animality, but rather animality1 and animality2. Philosophy is flooded with arguments for and against the existence of God. One cannot describe some properties/attributes/qualities that are present in X and Y, and other properties/attributes/qualities that are present in X (or Y), but not present in Y (or X). @Step2:A few points just offhand:I'm not aware of any evidence that she was actually addicted to amphetamines, and at any rate the truth is that she took diet pills at a time when it wasn't generally known that they could be addictive or harmful anyway.She didn't have a "decades-long affair" with Nathaniel Branden. Scott,Great link. My apologies.If it is an analogy, then you must specify in what way there is a resemblance between the divine mind and something else that we know better.The analogy is the one that we've gone back to time and time again: the one between exemplar and product. The scheming bastards couldn't agree on the color of s**t. It's a trap, are you blind? read Maritain reading Cajetan, what the thesis that “Existence does not exist” @rank:Can you give me a citation which clearly states that the form instantiated in a substance is in it locally? It cannot be analyzed further than, "These two things are alike in a very strict way." Again, I have yet to find one, at least over the age of about 16, when their views have been formed. George,My humanity isn't sitting in front of my computer, is it?It is. The whole point of resemblance theory in the sense being used here is that resemblance should actually be seen as one of these basic ideas, not needing to be reduced to more basic ideas.In short, you can't have it both ways. And those intelligible principles are the forms. Sitemap, What Does it Mean to ‘Exist?’ Aquinas Weighs-In, Human Intelligence vs. . But in another sense, because F is formally identical in each particular that instantiates F, the fiction does correspond to something in reality, but not in the same way as it manifests in its abstracted form in the intellect. As such, Aquinas teaches that the perfection of created beings is none other than their self-expression.As a created being expresses itself to others, it in turn becomes more perfect. "I know you are describing Rand's beliefs, and it is only a minor point, but I would disagree with this statement. But forms are only "the same" in two places when we think of this as a perfect likeness between two substances. "Yes, it is a theoretical posit -albeit philosophical, not scientific - that helps explain all phenomena. But I'm not persuaded that forms are supposed to be universals—and, pace dguller, I don't mind acknowledging that there are (or may be) irreducible relations of similarity that don't cash out into partial identity and partial difference. And so on, down to analogy.But you haven’t explained the difference in degrees that you mentioned earlier. The framework is a totality of parts, after all. Well, I may have overstated with "poetic" - although I have read older criticisms of Hugo which made just that argument. I'm a bit out of time tonight, but glancing over, what look like the most important points:A resemblance theorist would deny that red and blue actually have anything in commonThe resemblance theorist would more probably deny that the resemblance of red and blue can be given an account that does not involve resemblance relations, which is not at all the same thing, and consistent with red and blue having lots of things in common. Take your examples. One more response.Furthermore, if it is impossible to consider an essence in isolation from its particularizing features, then how can one affirm that there is a real distinction between essence and existence?I never said that it was impossible for the intellect to consider form. I have not read Rand's novels. It's fine with me if resemblances do ultimately cash out in terms of identities; I just don't see why they must.). Third, how would you distinguish between identity or sameness and similarity or likeness? Among his widely influential teachings, St. Thomas Aquinas addressed the very core and starting point of reality, i.e., what does it mean to exist? In other words, if everything is in flux, then you couldn’t even say that everything is in flux. I believe since the criterion of falsifiability (Popper) and the collapse of the positivist movement, the verificationist principle has been mostly abandoned. But that is pretty common in literature. Colour, in the modern account, near as I can tell, is entirely swept into the mind and reduced entirely to innate knowledge; however, getting colour back into the phenomenal world is exceptionally difficult (I think actually impossible) regardless. dguller,It’s been busy at work, wife’s eight months pregnant with our fourth child, and I threw my back out picking up a sock.Wow, that sounds rough.Anyway, Oderberg defines form as the "intrinsic incomplete constituent principle in a substance which actualizes the potencies of matter and together with the matter composes a definite material substance or natural body". This topic is not, of course, a major critique of atheism and materialism, but it is any interesting objection to the implicit, and sometimes explicit, view that materialism explains everything. It can't be understood in Fregean terms.I haven’t brought up Frege at all, so I don’t see how Fregean terms are relevant. I have no idea what this means; the whole electromagnetic spectrum is not present in a specific color. You keep appealing yourself to relations you can't reduce any further, so you have no grounds for complaining about it in the resemblance case.I agree that some relations are irreducible, but I disagree that resemblances are irreducible. You seem to object to this conclusion.Third, even Oderberg agrees that similarity presupposes identity. To name a few: analogy, divine causality, intentionality, free will, nature and grace, man's natural end, love and use, consciousness, economics--I could go on. A group of individuals that are very similar in certain ways. You would rightfully ask me, “In what way is Socrates’ humanity like Plato’s humanity?” And no matter what you answer, one can always ask, “in what way is A like B?” to infinity. comes to is simply the point that, And as it @rank sophist:I don't understand these comments:"What does it mean for a form to be one in multiple places? @George LeSauvage:"Are you saying that the red spectrum is like a genus, and the exact shade of red a species, or something else? ")Now, I've made the point as clearly as I can and I don't want to go round and round making it over and over again, so I'll leave it at that. Why can't Socrates's resemblance to Plato just be very much like Socrates's humanity's resemblance to Plato's humanity? And I can understand the appeal to basic irreducible features that are appreciated by sudden intuition in some cases, but why persist in such a theory when there are other theories that can actually account for why the intuition is correct? But “Some Exist definition, to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not. I know little about Rand and what I do has hardly endeared me to her thought. Fregean terms, as captured by the existential quantifier. But conceivably new experimental data could overturn this and thus falsify Relativity. "That's one possibility; another is that formal sameness means that two particulars are numerically distinct instantiations of just one form (in which case the form itself is one and not many, and its instantiations are many and not one).It may also be that Lloyd Gerson is right that Plato didn't intend forms to solve the "problem of universals" in the first place—and of course it's possible in principle (though arguably a bit weird by current standards) to think that real universals exist without thereby committing oneself to the view that forms are such universals. And to be honest, I don't think there's any real need to. What does “more like” refer to in this case? If X is like1 and Y is like2, and like1 is like like2, then the relation of likeness between like1 and like2 must be through a third kind of likeness, i.e. genus), similar nature (i.e. The foundation of the philosophy is the precise opposite - that concepts are read off from reality via the chain of sensation, perception, consciousness, and reason. This is not an argument worth taking seriously. To exist is to act “The person… seen in its ontological basic structure–is the subject of both existence and acting.” -Karol Wojtyla The starting point in understanding Aquinas’ notion of existence is to recognize existence is highly active and dynamic. Looking over what you've said on the subject, I don't see you giving an account of 'X is identical to Y' or 'X is different to Y' in terms of any principles more fundamental than they are, and even if you did you are going to hit bottom somewhere with principles that you think don't require any account in terms of more fundamental ideas and principles. What does Michael Jordan’s belonging to the Bulls have in common with Scottie Pippen’s belonging to the Bulls? I would say that because each color is a particular electromagnetic wavelength, it follows that each color exists at a particular part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Would you say that abstraction removes differences and retains basic resemblances? Certain non-Buddhists who accept rebirth accept the transitory nature of mind and body, but they believe in a self that is permanent, changeless and unitary. 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