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This year we'll focus on magic in workshop and ritual, test our mettle in the ever-popular Circle Challenge and compete in the festival-wide Cattle Raid of the Outsiders! All paths are welcome at Trillium! From Drum Circle Workshops to talks about the O. It is wonderful to have chapters to work with on this. I have a vision for the organization to create venues to connect in many regions across the country and continent. This way we can get to know one another and create an incredibly vibrant organization!
There will be adult, teen and young people programs for all ages. There will be teen led circles as well as youth caucus events.
Creating Diverse Earth-Centered Communities. Held twice a year at Beltaine and Samhain, the Florida Pagan Gathering is a place of spirituality, imagination, growth, learning, rambunctious good times, artistic revelry, perfect love and perfect trust where pagans, young and old, new and current, solitaries, covens, eclectic and traditional can enjoy a community free from the mundane worries of modern society.
Here in the scenic private campground you can raise your spirits and your voices to honor the seasons and our community as a whole. Founded to give our community somewhere safe to play, commune, and connect we hope you will camp out with us under the stars. The event is rain or shine and all ages. We provide workshops on various topics, rituals, drumming, entertainment, and all kinds of vendors.
This is a family friendly event for pagan and non-pagans and has been since its inception. We have children specific workshops as well as a children's ritual and Beltane games planned. The kids can gather and make all kinds of wondrous things like wands and masks or settle down for hosted story times throughout the weekend.
For the adults there are plenty of workshops to choose from as well as the God Lodge and Temple of the Goddess: Sacred spaces to connect with Deities. We have community Karaoke and screen a movie outdoors on Thursday evening! On Friday join us in the evening around the fire for drumming and dancing with Community Night.
And of course there will be performances on Saturday so be prepared to put your feet up and enjoy the sights and sounds! All of this as well as three powerful community rituals and the annual Maypole dance. Please pack accordingly and be prepared for all kinds of weather. We hope you will join us and please visit our website for more details. Get your tickets today! Join us as we celebrate the coming of the rich, fertile earth, the health of earth, animals and everything around.
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All Our Haven sponsored events are clothing optional after 10pm unless otherwise posted. Nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Indiana's countryside is Our Haven, an acre nature sanctuary of beautiful deciduous forests and reclaimed fields for all who wish to come enjoy its clear creeks, natural springs, and secluded areas.
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Beltaine is about Spring, It's about family. It's for babies and children, maids and gallants. Our aunts, uncles, mothers and fathers. Our joyous journey through the Wheel of the Year Join us for our annual homecoming and celebration of the Delights of Spring. It's Beltaine at Four Quarters! A weekend of renewal! A Roving group of predators will be assembled to hunt numerous prey in woods and meadows, until the May Queen is found. The predator who catches her will be crowned May King! Her capture will start our sacred bonfire ritual, and we will celebrate the union of the May King and Queen all night pool-side with drinks and hors-d'oeuvres.
Overnight camping is included in admission, and the party ends at 10am the next day. Our group is a social, educational, and activism forum serving the community for over 8 years.
We create events that celebrate Earth-centered spirituality and bring Pagans together. Beltane invites you to bring your open heart and a spirit for new adventures with you to Ramblewood Retreat Center in Darlington, MD. There, you'll find a community of like-minded people who are excited about sharing passionate endeavors with each other. Each year pagans, polyamorists, swingers, tantra practitioners, members of the leather community and other people with a passionate attitude towards life gather together in Northern Maryland to celebrate Beltane with a variety of rituals, workshops and experiences.
We embrace life and each other in an open environment full of excitement and joy. We invite you to become part of that community. Meet special guests Charles Vess and Twig the Fairy, enjoy the Appalachian steampunk sounds of Tuatha Dea, experience the ancient thundering war drums and skirling dual bagpipes of Cu Dubh, and delight in the vaudeville charm and pixie spirit of Frenchy and the Punk! Activities for the young, and young-at-heart, include Maypole dancing, parades, Fairie and Gnome Village Tours, the Fairie Welcome Center, a Fairie Treasure Hunt, tea parties, puppet shows, storytellers, and more!
Humans and fae of all ages are welcome to explore our Fairie Maze, the Dark Faerie Realm, an outreach area with live animals, drum circles, the meditation labyrinth, and the many nature paths filled with wonder, and fairie friends.
Three days camping in the beautiful countryside of Lincolnshire, a family gathering united in keeping ancient and spiritual traditions alive. This year's event is packed with excellent talks, workshops, music, meditations, Pagan and spiritual ceremonies, lots to keep the children entertained, and, of course, the Beltane fire.
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You can expect to enjoy live pagan music and dance performances, a host of vendors and merchants, Maypole Dances for children and adults, Beltaine Ritual, Chant and Drumming circles and more! We are totally donation-supported so this event can be enjoyed by all who wish to participate. Featuring the hauntingly powerful and high energy music of David Wood! David's dynamic, high-energy music will carry you away and make you want to shake your butt off. Get ready to experience a world of magickal and musical ecstasy that will take you where you've never been.
Also returning in Come celebrate Beltane and the beginning of summer! Musicfest with over 7 different performances by local, national, and internationally-known artists - performances to be announced soon! Huge maypole dance, multiple rituals and ceremonies. Community campfires and drum circles. Merchants Row, hot showers, fantastic food, and Wi-Fi. A three day family friendly event in the beautiful Tennessee hills with workshops, rituals, shopping and great food! We offer children and teen activities.
There is some cabin space available and plenty of tent camping. Located in Casa, Arkansas with 4 open acres for primitive tent camping. A child safe environment because our young are our future. A true Gathering of All Paths. This is the year that we focus on how we can build our communities, contribute to the greater good, and make this world a better place for every creature. What's kept this festival going for over 20 years now, making it the longest-running pagan festival in Virginia?
There truly is magic in this eclectic gathering of spiritual people. We have something for everyone at this family friendly gathering! Included in the price of admission: Children's events including a children's maypole! General workshops that range in topics from drumming to spell work to gardening to everyday subjects like pagan parenting and leadership!
And the Inner Sanctum, a private area to explore topics related to sacred sexuality for those who are 18 years and over. But don't worry--we're family friendly, so the IS is well secluded from prying eyes, so everyone who attends can feel comfortable.
Please visit us at our website and on Facebook at "Blue Ridge Beltane-Virginia" to find out more about this extraordinary event! Each May since , around Memorial Day our community re-emerges as participants from all over the United States and abroad come together to live and learn, work and play in a setting apart from our everyday lives. Includes musical and theatrical performances, primitive camping, fellowship, seasonal rites and ceremonies, semi-annual Grand Council-with VP election results, kids' activities, workshops and discussion circles, all-night drumming and dancing, etc.
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Owned and cared for by Earth Rising, Incorporated, Gaea's quiet acres hold some 1, to 1, pagans each memorial weekend. Beginning with Opening Ritual on Thursday evening and continuing through the Memorial Day Closing Ritual, Heartland Pagan Festival offers well-known pagan authors and performers on an up-close and personal basis to curious and interested seekers of education and entertainment.
Heartland Pagan Festival always strives to offer something of interest for everyone. But Heartland is about much more than entertainment and getting your books autographed.
Each year, in addition to our featured guests' presentations, our attendees offer an amazing range of workshops and rituals designed to educate, enlighten and encourage understanding and acceptance of other paths and beliefs. Also included will be co-op childcare and children's classes. The gathering is our Laboratory, and the sacred fire is our vessel where we transform our personal Lead into purest Gold. Turn your energies into rhythm, song, dance and symbol; speak your truths, listen to others, and step into sacred space to shine.
Experiment with ways of being and relating in a safe and accepting context. Stay up all night and greet the rising sun. Fires Rising celebrates creating a present of our own choosing. We support one another while taking personal responsibility for our own safety, healing, entertainment and engagement in this process.
In that spirit, we refrain from alcohol and other mind-altering substances. Fire, Community, Creativity, and the Night are our active ingredients. All faiths are welcome here, and all ability levels. Bring your whole Self; your strengths and talents as well as your hurts.
Bring on the didgeridoos, gongs, singing bowls, frame drums, incenses and oils, the drums, chants, spoken word, dance, painting, fire spinning, theater, decorations - and most of all, your love and kindness.
We will continue to honor the Triple Goddess with many paths toward experiencing a deeper dimension of yourself. You are invited to participate in enthralling rituals, experiential workshops, drumming and singing circles. There is Gyrlspace for the young and a marketplace for all to enjoy the creations of craftswomyn. This year's theme is "Community Connections" Saturday's events are from As always, we are located in beautiful Tower Grove park.
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It looks like the money might not do it this time. The Clinton-DNC-MSNBC revolving door of funding and access is facing an uprising from the base that their usual techniques may not be enough to defeat in conventional electoral warfare. Eoin Higgins is a writer and historian from upstate New York. You can find him on twitter at https: Until Bernie Sanders picked up the banner of economic reform as his signature issue, the Democratic Party had all but anointed their presumptive candidate.
It is time for a woman president they say. The impulse to tap into the frustration of millions of women, that long burning fuse of feeling like second class citizens, is a powerful palliative. Almost as importantly is the sub-text: If only Bernie Sanders had not upset the game plan! If only a smooth sail into the general election were possible. But Senator Bernie Sanders did enter the fray. He had brought forward a vision of a future America that promises to be more just, less corrupt, more in tune with the aspirations of so many, many Americans who feel the economic sphere of their lives is rigged against them.
The young certainly feel it, especially when they consider the load of debt the must assume to get an education. Bernie Sanders has tapped into the frustration of the majority of Americans.
He still has to make the sale, that is convince a majority of voters going to the polls during primary season. And, the long knives are out for him. The mere use of the word socialist terrifies many.
So there is the choice we should face directly. Do we vote for the worthy symbolism of voting for the first woman president? Or, do we favor a chance at reforming the economic system by voting for a true progressive? Of course, Senator Sanders is not the ideal candidate for the media. He talks about the problems Americans face with the bark off. He does not appear to have spent an hour with the make-up artists before taking the stage.
Nor can it bring itself to focus on oligarchy, the threat lobbyists pose, the way Wall Street gets away with wholesale banditry. They may allow a sound bite here and there about rip-off artists in the drug industry.
They may throw a bone to the need for environmental reform. But in the end they revert to empty sound bites and talking heads endlessly repeating the daily drivel that substitutes for facts. Senator Sanders stands for something far beyond the comforting symbolism of breaking another glass ceiling.
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This proposal was unaccountably approved by the Planning Commission despite a staff report that identified multiple inconsistencies with existing planning policies. Because it requires a General Plan amendment, Board approval is also needed.
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That conclusion ignores the obvious fact that this redesignation will do nothing whatsoever to meet the immediate housing needs of those displaced by the Valley, Rocky and Jerusalem fires, nor in the longer term will additional rental units north of Lakeport meet South County needs.
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In addition to his theological syntheses, Thomas composed numerous commentaries on the works of Aristotle and other neo-Platonic philosophers. Thomas is often spoken of as an Aristotelian. Augustine of Hippo, Pope St. Gregory the Great, Proclus, and the Pseudo-Dionysius.
Although Thomas commented on a number of philosophical works, Thomas probably saw his commentaries on Scripture as his most important. Thomas understood himself to be, first and foremost, a Catholic Christian theologian. In addition, Thomas was a member of the Dominican order, and the Dominicans have a special regard for teaching the meaning of Scripture.
However, whereas a typical article in ST fields three or four objections, it is not uncommon for an article in a disputed question to field 20 objections to the position the master wants to defend. Consider, for example, the question of whether there is power in God. Consider first an influential position we can label evidentialism.
Evidentialism, so construed, is incompatible with a traditional religious view that Thomas holds about divine faith: In other words, divine faith is a kind of certain knowledge by way of testimony for Thomas. For our purposes, consider fideism to be the view that states that faith is the only way to apprehend truths about God.
Put negatively, the fideist thinks that human reason is incapable of demonstrating truths about God philosophically. Finally, consider the position on faith and reason known as separatism. According to separatism, philosophy and natural science, on the one hand, and revealed theology, on the other, are incommensurate activities or habits. Any talk of conflict between faith and reason always involves some sort of confusion about the nature of faith, philosophy, or science. In contrast to the views mentioned above, Thomas not only sees a significant role for both faith and reason in the best kind of human life contra evidentialism , but he thinks reason apart from faith can discern some truths about God contra fideism , as epitomized by the work of a pagan philosopher such as Aristotle see, for example, SCG I, chapter 3.
Thomas also recognizes that revealed theology and philosophy are concerned with some of the same topics contra separatism. Although treating some of the same topics, Thomas thinks it is not possible in principle for there to be a real and significant conflict between the truths discovered by divine faith and theology on the one hand and the truths discerned by reason and philosophy on the other. Indeed, showing that faith and reason are compatible is one of the things Thomas attempts to do in his own works of theology.
One place where Thomas discusses the relationship between faith and reason is SCG, book I, chapters Thomas notes there that there are two kinds of truths about God: Although the truth of the preambles to the faith can be apprehended without faith, Thomas thinks human beings are not rationally required to do so. In fact, Thomas argues that three awkward consequences would follow if God required that all human beings need to apprehend the preambles to the faith by way of philosophical argumentation.
First, very few people would come to know truths about God and, since human flourishing requires certain knowledge of God, God wants to be known by as many people as possible. Not everyone has the native intelligence to do the kind of work in philosophy required to understand an argument for the existence of God.
Among those who have the requisite intelligence for such work, many do not have the time it takes to apprehend such truths by philosophy, being engaged as they are in other important tasks such as taking care of children, manual labor, feeding the poor, and so forth. Finally, among those who have the natural intelligence and time required for serious philosophical work, many do not have the passion for philosophy that is also required to arrive at an understanding of the arguments for the existence of God.
Second, of the very few who could come to know truths about God philosophically, these would apprehend these truths with anything close to certainty only late in their life, and Thomas thinks that people need to apprehend truths such as the existence of God as soon as possible. Compare here with a child learning that it is wrong to lie; parents wisely want their children to learn this truth as soon as possible.
In order to understand why Thomas thinks that the existence of God is a truth discernible by way of philosophy only late in life, we need to appreciate his view of philosophy, metaphysics, and natural theology. Philosophy is a discipline we rightly come to only after we have gained some confidence in other disciplines such as arithmetic, grammar, and logic.
Finally, demonstrating the existence of God is the hardest part of metaphysics. If we are to apprehend with confidence the existence of God by way of philosophy, this will happen only after years of intense study and certainly not during childhood, when we might think that Thomas believes it is important, if not necessary, for it to happen.
Third, let us suppose Susan has the native intelligence, time, passion, and experience requisite for apprehending the existence of God philosophically and that she does, in fact, come to know that God exists by way of a philosophical argument. Thomas maintains that such an apprehension is nonetheless going to be deficient for it will not allow Susan to be totally confident that God exists, since Susan is cognizant—being the philosopher she is—that there is a real possibility she has made a mistake in her philosophical reasoning.
However, the good life, for example, living like a martyr, requires that we possess an unshakeable confidence that God exists. Since God wants as many people as possible to apprehend his existence, and to do so as soon as possible and with the kind of confidence enjoyed by the Apostles, saints, and martyrs, Thomas argues that it is fitting that God divinely reveals to human beings—even to theologians who can philosophically demonstrate the existence of God—the preambles to the faith, that is, those truths that can be apprehended by human reason apart from divine faith, so that people from all walks of life can, with great confidence, believe that God exists as early in life as possible.
However, does it make sense to believe things about God that exceed the natural capacity of human reason? Two are mentioned here. First, Thomas thinks it sensible of God to ask human beings to believe things about God that exceed their natural capacities since to do so reinforces in human beings an important truth about God, namely, that God is such that He cannot be completely understood by way of our natural capacities.
Talk about God, for Thomas, requires that we recognize our limitations with respect to such a project. Thomas also notes that believing things about God by faith perfects the soul in a manner that nothing else can.
Here Thomas draws on the testimony of Aristotle, who thinks that even a little knowledge of the highest and most beautiful things perfects the soul more than a complete knowledge of earthly things. Although we cannot understand the things of God that we apprehend by faith in this life, even a slim knowledge of God greatly perfects the soul. Still, we might wonder why Thomas thinks it is reasonable to accept the Catholic faith as opposed to some other faith tradition that, like the Catholic faith, asks us to believe things that exceed the capacity of natural reason.
One thing Thomas says is that some non-Catholic religious traditions ask us to believe things that are contrary to what we can know by natural reason. Therefore, any real conflicts between faith and reason in non-Catholic religious traditions give us a reason to prefer the Catholic faith to non-Catholic faith traditions. In addition, Thomas thinks there are good—although non-demonstrative—arguments for the truth of the Catholic faith.
Thomas begins with the accounts of healings, the resurrection of the dead, and miraculous changes in the heavenly bodies, as contained in the Old and New Testaments. These accounts of miracles—which Thomas takes to be historically reliable—offer confirmation of the truthfulness of the teaching of those who perform such works by the grace of God.
Even more significant, thinks Thomas, is the fact that simple fishermen were transformed overnight into apostles, that is, eloquent and wise men. Thomas takes this to be a miracle that provides confirmation of the truth of the Catholic faith the apostles preached.
Most powerful of all, according to Thomas, the Catholic faith spread throughout the world in the midst of great persecutions. As Thomas notes, the Catholic faith was not initially embraced because it was economically advantageous to do so; nor did it spread—as other religious traditions have—by way of the sword; in fact, people flocked to the Catholic faith—as Thomas notes, both the simple and the learned—despite the fact that it teaches things that surpass the natural capacity of the intellect and demands that people curb their desires for the pleasures of the flesh.
Given human nature, Thomas thinks that such conversions were miraculous and so testify to the truth of the faith that such people came to adopt. Much of contemporary analytic philosophy and modern science operates under the assumption that any discourse D that deserves the honor of being called scientific or disciplined requires that the terms employed within D not be used equivocally. Thomas agrees, but with a very important caveat.
Thomas distinguishes two different kinds of equivocation: While the former is incompatible with a discourse being scientific or disciplined, according to Thomas, the latter is not. Thomas therefore distinguishes three different ways words are used: When we use a word univocally , we predicate of two things x and y one and the same name n , where n has precisely the same meaning when predicated of x and y.
By contrast, when we use a word equivocally , two things x and y are given one and the same name n , where n has one meaning when predicated of x and a different meaning when predicated of y.
Importantly, Thomas notices that some instances of equivocation are controlled , or instances of analogous predication , whereas other instances of equivocal naming are complete or uncontrolled. In a case of complete or uncontrolled equivocation, we predicate of two things x and y one and the same name n , where n has one meaning when predicated of x and n has a completely different meaning when predicated of y.
By contrast, in a case of controlled equivocation or analogous predication, we predicate of two things x and y one and the same name n , where n has one meaning when predicated of x , n has a different but not unrelated meaning when predicated of y , where one of these meanings is primary whereas the other meaning derives its meaning from the primary meaning. Thomas takes analogous predication or controlled equivocation to be sufficient for good science and philosophy, assuming, of course, that the other relevant conditions for good science or philosophy are met.
Although the most famous use to which Thomas puts his theory of analogous naming is his attempt to make sense of a science of God, analogous naming is relevant where many other aspects of philosophy are concerned, Thomas thinks. For example, we also use words analogously when we talk about being, knowledge, causation, and even science itself.
Thomas therefore sees a significant difference between complete equivocation and controlled equivocation or analogous naming. Whereas the scientist qua scientist must avoid the former, a discipline that uses words in the latter sense can properly be understood to be scientific or disciplined.
Thomas is aware of the fact that there are different forms of knowledge. One form of knowledge that is particularly important to a 13th-century professor such as Thomas is scientific knowledge scientia. However, Thomas recognizes that scientific knowledge itself depends upon there being non-scientific kinds of knowledge, for example, sense knowledge and knowledge of self-evident propositions about each of which, there is more below.
We can begin to get a sense of what Thomas means by scientia by way of his discussion of faith, which is a form of knowledge he often contrasts with scientia see, for example, ST IIaIIae.
According to Thomas, faith and scientia are alike in being subjectively certain. If I believe that p by faith, then I am confident that p is true.
It is likewise with scientific knowledge. If I know that p by way of science, then I not only have compelling reasons that p , but I understand why those reasons compel me to believe that p. In contrast to scientia , the certainty of faith that p is grounded for Thomas in a rational belief that someone else has scientia or intellectual vision with respect to p. For Thomas, faith can and, at least for those who have the time and talent, should be supported by reasons. However, if Susan believes p by faith, Susan may see that p is true, but she does not see why p is true.
We should note that, for Thomas , scientia itself is a term that we rightly use analogously. For example, in speaking of science , we could be talking about an act of inquiry whereby we draw certain conclusions, not previously known, from things we already know, that is, starting from first principles, where these principles are themselves known by way of reflection upon our sense experiences, we draw out the logical implications of such principles.
We can contrast science as an act of inquiry with another kind of speculative activity that Thomas calls contemplation. Both science in the sense of engaging in an act of inquiry and contemplation are acts of speculative intellect according to Thomas, that is, they are uses of intellect that have truth as their immediate object.
In contrast, practical uses of intellect are acts of intellect that aim at the production of something other than what is thought about, for example, thinking at the service of doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, and so forth, or thinking at the service of bringing about a work of art.
Thomas thinks that, whereas an act of scientific inquiry aims at discovering a truth not already known, an act of contemplation aims at enjoying a truth already known. We can speak of science not only as an act of inquiry , but also as a particularly strong sort of argument for the truth of a proposition that Thomas calls a scientific demonstration. If a person possesses a scientific demonstration of some proposition p , then he or she understands an argument that p such that the argument is logically valid and he or she knows with certainty that the premises of the argument are true.
In addition to the senses of science mentioned above, Thomas also recognizes the Aristotelian sense of scientia as a particular kind of intellectual habit or disposition or virtue, which habit is the fruit of scientia as scientific inquiry and requires the possession of scientific demonstrations.
But science in the sense of a habit is more than the fruit of inquiry and the possession of arguments. For example, according to this model of science, I have a scientific knowledge of living things qua living things only if I know the basic facts about all living things, for example, that living things grow and diminish in size over time , nourish themselves , and reproduce , and I know why living things have these characteristic powers and properties.
According to Thomas, a science as habit is a kind of intellectual virtue , that is, a habit of knowledge about a subject matter, acquired from experience, hard work, and discipline, where the acquisition of that habit usually involves having a teacher or teachers.
A person who possesses a science s knows the right kind of starting points for thinking about s , that is, the first principles or indemonstrable truths about s , and the scientist can draw correct conclusions from these first principles. Thomas notes that the first principles of a science are sometimes naturally known by the scientist, for example in the cases of arithmetic and geometry ST Ia. According to Thomas, the science of sacred theology does not fit this characterization of science since the first principles of sacred theology are articles of faith and so are not known by the natural light of reason but rather by the grace of God revealing the truth of such principles to human beings.
Think of the demarcation problem, that is, the problem of identifying necessary and sufficient conditions for some discourse counting as science.
The demarcation problem suggests that science is a term we use analogously. This is what Thomas thinks. For example, optics makes use of principles treated in geometry, and music makes use of principles treated in mathematics. If, for example, all musicians had to be experts at mathematics, most musicians would never get to practice the science of music itself.
Thus, musicians take the principles and findings of mathematics as a starting point for the practice of their own science. Like optics and music, therefore, sacred theology draws on principles known by those with a higher science, in this case, the science possessed by God and the blessed see, for example, ST Ia. Unlike optics, music, and other disciplines studied at the university, the principles of sacred theology are not known by the natural light of reason.
However, sacred theology is nonetheless a science, since those who possess such a science can, for example, draw logical conclusions from the articles of faith, argue that one article of faith is logically consistent with the other articles of faith, and answer objections to the articles of faith, doing all of these things systematically, clearly, and with ease by drawing on the teachings of other sciences, including philosophy ST Ia.
Given his notion of science whether taken as activity, demonstrative argument or intellectual virtue , we might think that Thomas understands the extension of science to be wider than what most of our contemporaries would allow. There is a sense in which this is true. Although there is certainly disagreement among our contemporaries over the scientific status of some disciplines studied at modern universities, for example, psychology and sociology, all agree that disciplines such as physics, chemistry, and biology are to be counted among the sciences.
Thomas would have known something of science in this sense from his teacher St. Albert the Great c. However, for Thomas, for whom science is understood as a discipline or intellectual virtue disciplines such as mathematics, music, philosophy, and theology count as sciences too since those who practice such disciplines can talk about the subjects studied in those disciplines in a way that is systematic, orderly, capacious, and controlled by common human experience and, in some cases, in the light of the findings of other sciences.
Thomas follows Aristotle in thinking that we know something x scientifically only if our knowledge of x is certain. That is to say, we have demonstrative knowledge of x , that is, our knowledge begins from premises that we know with certainty by way of reflection upon sense experience, for example, all animals are mortal or there cannot be more in the effect than in its cause or causes, and ends by drawing logically valid conclusions from those premises.
However, it seems to be a hallmark of the modern notion of science that the claims of science are, in fact, fallible, and so, by definition, uncertain. Following Aristotle, Thomas thinks the most capacious scientific account of a physical object or event involves mentioning its four causes, that is, its efficient, material, formal, and final causes.
Of course, some things of which we could possibly have a science of some sort do not have four causes for Thomas. For example, immaterial substances will not have a material cause. However, Thomas thinks that material objects—whether natural or artificial—do have four causes.
For example, for any material object O, O has four causes, the material cause what O is made of , the formal cause what O is , the final cause what the end, goal, purpose, or function of O is , and the efficient cause what brings—or conserves—O in to being. Here follows a more detailed account of each of the four causes as Thomas understands them. An efficient cause of x is a being that acts to bring x into existence, preserve x in existence, perfect x in existence, or otherwise bring about some feature F in x.
For example, Michelangelo was the efficient cause of the David. Thomas thinks that there are different kinds of efficient causes, which kinds of efficient causes may all be at work in one and the same object or event, albeit in different ways.
For example, Thomas thinks that God is the primary efficient cause of any created being, at every moment in which that created being exists. This is because God and creatures are efficient causes in different and yet analogous senses. God is the primary efficient cause as creator ex nihilo , timelessly conserving the very existence of any created efficient cause at every moment that it exists, whereas creatures are secondary efficient causes in the sense that they go to work on pre-existing matter such that matter that is merely potentially F actually becomes F.
For example, we might say that a sperm cell and female gamete work on one another at fertilization and thereby function as secondary efficient causes of a human being H coming into existence. In addition, Thomas thinks b God is the creating and conserving cause of the existence of H itself as long as H exists.
Matter in this sense explains why x is capable of being transformed into something that x currently is not. The material cause in this sense is the subject of change—that which explains how something can lose the property not- F and gain the property F.
For example, the material cause for an accidental change is some substance. Such a change is accidental since the substance we name Socrates does not in this case go out of existence in virtue of losing the property of not-standing and gaining the property of standing. The material cause for a substantial change is what medieval interpreters of Aristotle such as Thomas call prima materia prime or first matter. Prime matter is that cause of x that is intrinsic to x we might say, is a part of x that explains why x is subject to substantial change.
For Thomas, substances are unified objects of the highest order. Substances, for example, living things, are thus to be directly contrasted with heaps or collections of objects, for example, a pile of garbage or an army. Thomas thinks that if substantial changes had actual substances functioning as the ultimate subjects for those substantial changes, then it would be reasonable to call into question the substantial existence of those so-called substances that are supposedly composed of such substances.
If Socrates were composed, say, of Democritean atoms that were substances in their own right , then Socrates, at best, would be nothing more than an arrangement of atoms.
He would merely be an accidental being —an accidental relation between a number of substances—instead of a substance. At worst, Socrates would not exist at all if we think the only substances are fundamental entities such as atoms, and Socrates is not an atom.
Since Thomas thinks of Socrates as a paradigm case of a substance, he thus thinks that the matter of a substantial change must be something that is in and of itself not actually a substance but is merely the ultimate material cause of some substance.
Thomas calls this ultimate material cause of a substance that can undergo substantial change prime matter. Some prime matter therefore is configured by the substantial form of a bug in s at t such that there is a bug in s at t.
That being said, Thomas thinks prime matter never exists without being configured by some form. In addition, it is never the case that some prime matter exists without being configured by some substantial form. A portion of prime matter is always configured by a substantial form, though not necessarily this or that substantial form.
Note the theoretical significance of the view that material substances are composed of prime matter as a part. Like the material cause of an object, the expression formal cause is said in many ways. There are at least three for Thomas. The formal cause of a primary substance x in this sense is the substance-sortal that picks out what x is most fundamentally or the definition of that substance-sortal. For example, for Socrates this would be human being , or, what-it-is-to-be-a-human being, and, given that human beings can be defined as rational animals , rational animal.
Of course, Socrates can be classified in many other ways, too, for example, as a philosopher or someone who chose not to flee his Athenian prison. However, such classifications are not substantial for Thomas, but merely accidental, for Socrates need not be or have been a philosopher—for example, Socrates was not a philosopher when he was two years old, nor someone who chose not to flee his Athenian prison, for even Socrates might have failed to live up to his principles on a given day.
A second sense that formal cause can have for Thomas is that which is intrinsic to or inheres in x and explains that x is actually F. There are two kinds of formal cause in this sense for Thomas. First, there are accidental forms or simply, accidents. Second, there are substantial forms.
A third sense of formal cause for Thomas is the pattern or definition of a thing insofar as it exists in the mind of the maker. Thomas calls this the exemplar formal cause. For example, the form of a house can exist insofar as it is instantiated in matter, for example, in a house. However, the form of or plan for a house can also exist in the mind of the architect, even before an actual house is built.
This latter sense of formal cause is what we might call the exemplar formal cause. For Thomas, following St. The final cause of an object O is the end, goal, purpose, or function of O. Some material objects have functions as their final causes, namely, that is, artifacts and the parts of organic wholes. For example, the function of a knife is to cut, and the purpose of the heart is to pump blood.
Therefore, the final cause of the knife is to cut; the final cause of the heart is to pump blood. Thomas thinks that all substances have final causes. However, Thomas like Aristotle thinks of the final cause in a manner that is broader than what we typically mean by function. It is a mistake, therefore, to think that all substances for Thomas have functions in the sense that artifacts or the parts of organic wholes have functions as final causes we might say that all functions are final causes, but not all final causes are functions.
For example, Thomas does not think that clouds have functions in the sense that artifacts or the parts of organic wholes do, but clouds do have final causes. In the broadest sense, that is, in a sense that would apply to all final causes, the final cause of an object is an inclination or tendency to act in a certain way, where such a way of acting tends to bring about a certain range of effects. For example, a knife is something that tends to cut.
A cloud is a substance that tends to interact with other substances in the atmosphere in certain ways, ways that are not identical to the ways that either oxygen per se or nitrogen per se tends to interact with other substances.
In addition, things that jump and swim must be composed of certain sorts of stuffs and certain sorts of organs. Frogs, since they are by nature things that flourish by way of jumping and swimming, are composed of bone, blood, and flesh, as well as limbs that are good for jumping and swimming.
That is to say, it is clear that the frog acts as an efficient cause when it jumps, since a frog is the sort of thing that tends to jump rather than fly or do summersaults. Contrast the frog that is unconscious and pushed such that it falls down a hill. In so falling, the frog is not acting as an efficient cause. As we have seen, some final causes are functions, whereas it makes better sense to say that some final causes are not functions but rather ends or goals or purposes of the characteristic efficient causality of the substances that have such final causes.
In closing this section, we can note that some final causes are intrinsic whereas others are extrinsic. According to Thomas, each and every substance tends to act in a certain way rather than other ways, given the sort of thing it is; such goal-directedness in a substance is its intrinsic final causality. However, sometimes an object O acts as an efficient cause of an effect E partly because of the final causality of an object extrinsic to O.
Call such final causality extrinsic. For example, John finds Jane attractive, and thereby John decides to go over to Jane and talk to her. Thomas thinks there are different kinds of knowledge, for example, sense knowledge, knowledge of individuals, scientia , and faith, each of which is interesting in its own right and deserving of extended treatment where its sources are concerned.
For present purposes, we shall focus on what Thomas takes to be the sources of knowledge requisite for knowledge as scientia, and, since Thomas recognizes different senses of scientia , what Thomas takes to be the sources for knowledge as a scientific demonstration of a proposition in particular.
As we have seen, if a person possesses scientia with respect to some proposition p for Thomas, then he or she understands an argument that p such that the argument is logically valid and he or she knows the premises of the argument with certainty.
Therefore, one of the sources of scientia for Thomas is the operation of the intellect that Thomas calls reasoning ratiocinatio , that is, the act of drawing a logically valid conclusion from other propositions see, for example, ST Ia.
Reasoning is sometimes called by Thomists, the third act of the intellect. How do we come to know the premises of a demonstration with certainty? Our coming to know with certainty the truth of a proposition, Thomas thinks, potentially involves a number of different powers and operations , each of which is rightly considered a source of scientia. Before we speak of the intellectual powers and operations in addition to ratiocination that are at play when we come to have scientia , we must first say something about the non-intellectual cognitive powers that are sources of scientia for Thomas.
Thomas agrees with Aristotle that the intellectual powers differ in kind from the sensitive powers such as the five senses and imagination. Nonetheless, Thomas also thinks that all human knowledge in this life begins with sensation. Even our knowledge of God begins, according to Thomas, with what we know of the material world. Indeed, Thomas thinks that sensation is so tightly connected with human knowing that we invariably imagine something when we are thinking about anything at all.
Of course, if God exists, that means that what we imagine when we think about God bears little or no relation to the reality, since God is not something sensible. Given the importance of sense experience for knowledge for Thomas, we must mention certain sense powers that are preambles to any operation of the human intellect.
In addition to the five exterior senses see, for example, ST Ia. In addition, none of the exterior senses enables their possessor to distinguish between the various objects of sense, for example, the sense of sight does not cognize taste, and so forth.
Therefore, the animal must have a faculty in addition to the exterior senses by which the animal can identify different kinds of sensations, for example, of color, smell, and so forth with one particular object of experience. We might think that it is some sort of intellectual faculty that coordinates different sensations, but not all animals have reason.
Therefore, animals must have an interior sense faculty whereby they sense that they are sensing, and that unifies the distinct sensations of the various sense faculties. Thomas calls this faculty, following Avicenna, the common sense not to be confused, of course, with common sense as that which most ordinary people know and professors are often accused of not possessing. Since, for Thomas, human beings are animals too, they also possess the faculty of common sense. In addition to the common sense, Thomas argues that we also need what philosophers have called phantasy or imagination to explain our experience of the cognitive life of animals including human beings.
For, clearly, perfect animals sometimes move themselves to a food source that is currently absent. Therefore, such animals need to be able to imagine things that are not currently present to the senses but have been cognized previously in order to explain their movement to a potential food source. On the assumption that, in corporeal things, to receive and retain are reduced to diverse principles, Thomas argues the faculty of imagination is thus distinct from the exterior senses and the common sense.
He also notes that imagination in human beings is interestingly different from that of other animals insofar as human beings, but not other animals, are capable of imagining objects they have never cognized by way of the exterior senses, or objects that do not in fact exist, for example, a golden mountain. Thus, we need to posit two additional powers in those animals. The memorative power is that power that retains cognitions produced by the estimative power.
Since a the estimative sense and common sense are different kinds of powers, b the common sense and the imagination are different kinds of powers, and c the estimative power can be compared to the common sense whereas the memorative power can be compared to the imagination, it stands to reason that the estimative power and the memorative power are different powers. Just as intellect in human beings makes a difference in the functioning of the faculty of imagination for Thomas, so also does the presence of intellect in human beings transform the nature of the estimative and memorative powers in human beings.
As Thomas notes, this is why the estimative and memorative powers have been given special names by philosophers: The cogitative power in human beings is that power that enables human beings to make an individual thing, event, or phenomena, qua individual thing, event, or phenomena, an object of thought. As for the reminiscitive power, it enables its possessor to remember cognitions produced by the cogitative power.
In other words, it helps us to remember intellectual cognitions about individual objects. For example, say that I am trying to remember the name of a particular musician. I employ the reminiscitive power when I think about the names of other musicians who play on recordings with the musician whose name I cannot now remember but want to remember. Having said something about the non-intellectual, cognitive sources of scientia for Thomas, we can return to speaking of the properly intellectual powers and activities of human beings necessary for scientia.
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