The book includes a valuable diagram of Maritain's uses of intuition and connaturality
to assist us in understanding how this is possible.
In Maritain's many writings on the subject, he seems to insist that such intuition, however intellectual, operates to the exclusion of concepts and therefore of discursive reasoning--a point O'Reilly overlooks in the process of realizing a brilliant synthesis of Maritain's notions of connaturality
with Eco's just insistence that proportion is the central ontological element of beauty.
and Marechal a trust in the mind's connaturality
Not surprisingly, a treatment of non-philosophical intuition leads Trapani to introduce us to Maritain's theme of connaturality
It involves the development of a stable, continuous, lasting congeniality and connaturality
with beauty in its multivaried forms.
Nor does the connaturality
of incarnational faith call for the invention of some new form of celestial physics as though in reaction to what current cosmology might tell us.
that is the reason why people buy and sell even if they are not economists), but it is also based on an intellectual act of empathy with the purposes of the other subject (Husserl makes his point very clearly on this matter), (41) which is in turn based on the well-known subject-subject connaturality
in social sciences, implying the following difference with natural sciences: The possibility of a phenomenological description of the nature of intersubjective relations paradoxically ascribes more certainty to social sciences compared to natural sciences, which have to conjecture about the nature of the physical object in question as we try to regard it from outside the nonproblematic context of the daily lifeworld.
64) His advocacy for the irreducible role of affectivity in human consciousness draws deeply on a 20th-century strand of transcendental Thomism (beginning with Pierre Rousselot and including Rahner) that sees in this Heideggerian notion of attunement a means to appropriate the Thomistic notion of connaturality
So when Maritain says that knowledge by connaturality
is, according to Thomas, a kind of vital knowledge, obtained by means of instinct and sympathy, (141) he is referring not to a biological instinct but to the intellect consulting the inner leanings of the subject, the experience that he has of himself, listening to the melody produced by the vibration of deep-rooted tendencies present in the subject.
But whereas theology is a discursive knowledge of the things that flow from faith, the gift of wisdom is an immediate knowledge of divine things by connaturality
The principal thesis of this text is straightforward: "[T]hat the intellect knows intelligibles by an act of abstraction from the images formed by the brain in response to the data of the external senses, and that this act of abstraction depends on a preconceptual connaturality
with the object known which derives not principally from our biological, but rather from our social nature" (p.
He argues that knowledge through connaturality
accords with an esthetic pleasure that involves both intellect and will, understanding and emotion.
Now rectitude of judgment is twofold: first, on account of perfect use of reason, secondly, on account of a kind of connaturality
with the matter about which one has to judge.
My article aims to investigate, in three stages, the nature and function of other modes of affective cognition through connaturality
in Aquinas's moral anthropology.
Almost all supervenience talks of efficient causation, but suppose downward causation were of four kinds: formal, material, efficient, final, and suppose the best analogue of socially downward causation (and the best paradigm for the mystical or religious) were the ethical (not as efficient but formal or final causation): as an emergent property of the face-to-face relation (Levinas), ethics commands us from above in a downward causation, an ought that we feel, a transcendence that comes neither from prior (immanent) cognition nor (immanent) volition (which is one way to interpret Aquinas's connaturality
[Summa Theologiae II-II, q.