A little later, almost retracing the steps of Gera and DP, Pope Francis teaches in EG that "only from the affective connaturality
born of love can we appreciate the theological life present in the piety of Christian peoples, especially among their poor" (EG 125).
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.
One could suggest several other factors that may account better than Downs's hypothesis for the Christianization of Northeast India, including the connaturality
of tribal and Christian values; the search for wholeness; the emphasis on community in Christian and tribal ways of life; freedom in matters of food; comparatively democratic ways of functioning; emphasis on the basic dignity and equality of persons without the burdens of a caste-ridden society; myths and legends similar to biblical accounts of the origin, fall, and redemption of man; the absence of any long theological, philosophical, historical, and liturgical traditions and expressions in tribal religions; and above all the person and figure of Jesus Christ.
Aquinas introduces the idea by noting: "Now rectitude of judgment is twofold: first, on account of perfect use of reason, secondly, on account of a certain connaturality
with the matter about which one has to judge.
This kind of direct communication would come under the category of what Aquinas calls knowledge by connaturality
hath] B1, B2 | [begin strikethrough]hath[end strikethrough] <have> B3 (e) That] B1, B2 | <&> That B3 (f) Connaturality
,] Connfonaturality B2 | connaturality
; <for> B3 (g) could] B1, B3 | would B2 (h) appropriate.
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.
in Maritain's thought, see Frederick Crosson, "Maritain and poetic knowledge," in Being and Predication: Thomistic Interpretations (Washington: Catholic University Press, 1986), chap.
As Aquinas writes, "this sympathy or connaturality
for Divine things is the result of charity, which unites us to God.
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.
and Marechal a trust in the mind's connaturality
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.
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.