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Re: The Philosophy Thread

Post by durangopipe » Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:33 pm

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Re: The Philosophy Thread

Post by wosbald » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:22 pm

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The following news will probably interest very few on the board (Hov comes immediately to mind, along with a handful of others, undoubtedly) but, as I just learned yesterday to my shock and delight, CUA Press has announced the publication of "The English Critical Edition of the Works of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II" which is projected to be, ultimately, a 20 volume set.

But focusing on what's truly sparked my delight, I must say it is the first volume to be released which really has me geeking out:


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Yes, the first release is Person and Act. Though I've no immediate interest in reading the entire Collected Works, my freak-flag flyeth solely with the appearance of this single, inaugural volume. I've been awaiting this day in hope and patience for quite a few years now. Happy Happy, Joy Joy.

Though the import of this volume might not be obvious, retracing the sad trail of its publication history in English should make things clearer. To put it simply, the English translation of Person and Act (dubbed "The Acting Person") has — according to those in-the-know — long labored in a swamp of both translation wonkiness and legal hurdles. As I understand things, Vatican interests have long been pressuring the English copyright-holders to allow the publication of a new, scholarly translation sensitive to the subtleties of Wojtyla's thought, but these overtures have been continuously stymied. But in a turnaround, it seems that their plaint has risen to the heavens with said hurdles finally being cleared.

For those few souls itching for more of the backstory, this except from one of George Wiegel's books on JP2 should add further context:
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Judging by its canonical status within Wojtyla's ouvre, this seminal work of "Trinitarian Personalism expounded in a Husserlian key" should fit the bill as a spring/summer barnburner. Scheduled to be released in early May.

-->> Amazon link: "Person and Act" and Related Essays

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Re: The Philosophy Thread

Post by Cleon » Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:36 am

wosbald wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:22 pm
+JMJ+

The following news will probably interest very few on the board (Hov comes immediately to mind, along with a handful of others, undoubtedly) but, as I just learned yesterday to my shock and delight, CUA Press has announced the publication of "The English Critical Edition of the Works of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II" which is projected to be, ultimately, a 20 volume set.

But focusing on what's truly sparked my delight, I must say it is the first volume to be released which really has me geeking out:


► Show Spoiler
Image

Yes, the first release is Person and Act. Though I've no immediate interest in reading the entire Collected Works, my freak-flag flyeth solely with the appearance of this single, inaugural volume. I've been awaiting this day in hope and patience for quite a few years now. Happy Happy, Joy Joy.

Though the import of this volume might not be obvious, retracing the sad trail of its publication history in English should make things clearer. To put it simply, the English translation of Person and Act (dubbed "The Acting Person") has — according to those in-the-know — long labored in a swamp of both translation wonkiness and legal hurdles. As I understand things, Vatican interests have long been pressuring the English copyright-holders to allow the publication of a new, scholarly translation sensitive to the subtleties of Wojtyla's thought, but these overtures have been continuously stymied. But in a turnaround, it seems that their plaint has risen to the heavens with said hurdles finally being cleared.

For those few souls itching for more of the backstory, this except from one of George Wiegel's books on JP2 should add further context:
► Show Spoiler
Judging by its canonical status within Wojtyla's ouvre, this seminal work of "Trinitarian Personalism expounded in a Husserlian key" should fit the bill as a spring/summer barnburner. Scheduled to be released in early May.

-->> Amazon link: "Person and Act" and Related Essays
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Re: The Philosophy Thread

Post by wosbald » Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:36 pm

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IMO, the following set of outline/notes from Fr. Bergolio's (now, Pp. Francis) 1987-88 critical interrogation of Marxian/Socialistic concepts is important — not only for its timely subject-matter — but also because Bergolio's thought is commonly characterized as "non-theological". Though I'd agree that he's not liable to be labeled "an academic" (inasmuch as he evidently prefers the fleshy reality of praxis and the personal touch of pastoral-guidance to the etherial flight of theoretics), to conclude therefrom that he's a theological and philosophical halfwit would be an overhasty simplification.

Interpreting Reality [In-Depth]
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This previously unpublished text is a set of notes intended for further study. It can be dated between the end of 1987 and the middle of 1988, when Fr. Bergoglio was working on his thesis on Romano Guardini and was examining the use of Marxist analysis in the interpretation of reality, which he saw as an example of how obsolete categories are eventually superseded by reality.[1]

Bergoglio opens with a quote from an article by Alberto Methol Ferré on how the Church saw the issue of relations with the working class, which had come to the fore of its concerns with the coming of the industrial age and the French Revolution. At the beginning of the 19th century, with Philippe Buchez,
[2] a Catholic form of socialism appeared that was swiftly suffocated by a pincer movement of intra-ecclesiastical integrism and atheistic Marxism. Methol Ferré proposed a return to the ethical and Christian origins of socialism, moving beyond both dogmatically atheistic Marxism and, with the help of the Second Vatican Council, the Church’s negative critique of the contemporary world, a critique that had been unable to recognize progress.

Bergoglio concentrates on the “failure of categories to interpret reality” noted by Methol Ferré, sketching out in these notes a “hermeneutics of reality” in which criteria and categories are not mere “patches” or temporary fixes. This concept, together with that of “the overflow” (“rebasamiento”), has become important following the Synod for the Amazon.
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Bergoglio’s text is of particular interest both for his method and the content. Perhaps some will be surprised by the complex style of argumentation, which is certainly not typical of Pope Francis. In terms of method, it allows us to catch a glimpse of Bergoglio’s personal style of thought, which is inspired by various authors but also reveals his own original thinking. As far as the content is concerned, we can see in his reasoning the application of his well-known “four principles.”
[4] The idea that the best method is the one most congruent (“consonant”) with reality is inspired by Guardini, while the deployment of antinomy as a means of poetically expressing a reality that surpasses our intuition and our concepts, and so calls for creative explanation, is very much part of Bergoglio’s own thinking. Methol Ferré’s theory is valid when it comes to interpreting the voice of the people and embracing modernity in a way that is both traditional and new.

Many things can be found in these notes, but what stands out is the vigor of a thinking that is original and mature, moving ahead with freedom of spirit and creativity, in search of criteria to interpret reality that allow us to think and discern without falling into either rigidity or relativism.

Diego Fares, SJ


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“With the exhaustion of interpretative categories that are no longer of any use for understanding the events of today, a perplexity has arisen. What is happening now surpasses existing ideas. They are therefore ideas that blind us, that do not let us see. For me, as far as we are concerned, the ‘Marxist Christians’ had jumped on a horse they supposed to be a winner, but which turned out to be drugged. As Claver[5] has pointed out: For fear of being the last Christians, Marxist Christians are actually the last Marxists.”[6]

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