Video – Jaremy Daggett – Scotus’s Proof of the First Being – CONF 312

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At the Symposium titled "Sursum Actio" at Notre Dame Univ. from Jun 8-9, 2015, in honor of the life work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I., Jaremy Daggett, M.A., of Great Hearts Academy, gives the eleventh conference which he titles, "Scotus’s Proof of the First Being". It is a summary of Scotus's famous proof of God's existence which instead of using a physical starting point using created changeable beings to get to the first mover, he rather starts from metaphysics, and focusing on proving that God is an infinite being and thus the first being.  This is a better approach because the infinitude is more of a divine attribute than first mover in that creating being from nothing is more infinite and divine than merely changing or moving physical things that already exist. He points out how high of a bar is set by Scotus in thoroughness, complexity as well as subtlety. as he covers the Triple crown of proof regarding efficiency, finality and preeminence of God. Subjects mentioned include: Essentially ordered causes, Accidentally ordered causes, Hierarchy of order, First difference, causality, Necessary and contingent being. St. Anselm's Ontological Argument, That, than, which, Coloratio of Anselm's proof by Bl. John Duns Scotus, infinite regress, freedom.

The talk is followed by a commentary by Fr. Peter and then a round table discussion with the other presenters.

Fr. Peter: Without the metaphysical proof there is no physical argument. First Anselm, then Bonaventure, then Scotus, what Kant calls mistakenly the Ontological Argument.

How to go from infinite univocal  being to Trinity. According to Newman need to go beyond mathematics to metaphysics. St Bonaventure's seven disputed questions is best on infinite being, what it means without using univocity but rather divine illumination that is more than the agent intellect.

J. Isaac Goff, Caritas in Primo, A Study of Bonaventure's Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity

This symposium, Sursum Actio ("Lift up your Actions" or more loosely "Lift up your Hearts"), was organized in honor of the life work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner after he won the Cardinal John J. Wright Marialogical Award of 2015 from the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.

For a complete list of all fourteen talks from this symposium:

Audio (MP3)


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