Video – Conferences #105: Newman Scotus – Fr. Fehlner – Scotus and Newman in Dialogue Pt2

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Ave Maria!

Lecture 5 of the Newman-Scotus Symposium is by Rev. Dr. Fehlner: Scotus and Newman in Dialogue: Examples of Scotistic Affinities in Newman, the Will, the Critical Question (of Interiorization) and Faith

Fr. Peter first comments on Dr. Noone's last talk that Newman and Scotus disagrees with each other on process of assent. But this is not the starting point. Going to God given the differences is difficulty. Scotus term simplicite simplex, Perfect being, that is God and so radically different. But they have a common starting point in their Christology and Mariology.

Fr. Peter mentions:

  • Key is to find where Newman fits in the Franciscan view

  • Primacy of charity is central.

  • Scotus the metaphysician is also a good Phenomenologist in the sound patristic tradition, not of Ockham.

  • Evidence of similarity not only in theory but also in the development of doctrine in Newman.

  • Newman and Scotus are opposed to Kant and Hegel.

  • Absolute primacy of Christ of Scotus

  • Holiness as link between reason and faith.

  • The personal responsibility for our decisions. It is a risk but a prudent one.

  • Showing the radical differences between Position of Kant with that of Scotus.

  • Relation to Kant is key since the perceived similarity is the major point of

Question and Answer:

What is the connection between Newman-Scotus and Lonergan or rather a disconnect? - Lonergan and K. Rahner and J. Marecel are in error in regard to Scotus and Bonaventure. They are more inclined to Kant and Hegel and has little to do with Scotus according to his own words. Newman had very little interest in the German philosophy of his time.

Also same in that Scotus can not be made into a pre-Ockham. He is a continuation of Bonaventure and the scholastic tradition. Ockham on the other hand is the first of the moderns. But Scotus does say that knowledge is not as mechanical as it is in the Thomistic sense. The reasonableness is not as restricted to the intellect but includes the will.

Lonergan-Newman connection - Lonergan states he read Newman many times. Fr. Peter says his interpretation is off, reflecting his Transcendental Thomism.

Fr Ed Reflects Rahner and Ratzinger where first of one mind and then after the council started to diverge and the differences need to be explored to get to the root of these questions.

Ave Maria!

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