"Not a Little Confusing": Francis Silvestri of Ferrara's Hybrid Thomist Doctrine of Analogy
, DOMENIC D'ETTORE
LIKE Aquinas, Young uses the doctrine of analogy
in the context, first, of his negative and positive revealed theology, and second, of his positive revealed and natural theology.
In a review as brief as this, it is impossible to present the entire argument of a book so closely argued; but if I might highlight a single point which might otherwise be overlooked among the riches of Halper's work, it would be his recovery of the significance of Aristotle's doctrine of analogy
. Halper may not hear the echo of the Republic's characterization of the Idea of the Good as beyond being (Rep.
Drawing on Tennyson's discussion of the Tractarian doctrine of Analogy
, Mayberry finds that if we view Rossetti's poetic work within the context of that doctrine, the seemingly contradictory secular and religious poems are reconciled: "Christina Rossetti's poetry--both religious and secular--is based on, and represents the Tractarian belief in, a symbolic world created and presided over by a loving God." (12) Furthermore, after citing Keble's Tract 89 and his Lectures on Poetry, Mayberry argues that in the aesthetics of Tractarianism Rossetti found a way to overcome any guilt she might have felt over embracing a poetic vocation: "What suited Rossetti about the Tractarian philosophy was its justification of her choice of the poetic vocation" (p.
But in that regard, it is not so much that he regards Przywara as right, for he seems to agree with Hans Urs von Balthasar and Edith Stein that Przywara represents only one particular version of the Thomistic doctrine of analogy
. Nonetheless, M.'s concession is important and could well be the most important conclusion of this volume.
Yet the theoretical center of Christ and Apollo comes in the text's second half (chapters 5-8), where Father Lynch enlists the metaphysical doctrine of analogy
, the traditional four-fold method of biblical exegesis, and Christology (the theology of the person of Christ) as paradigms for exploring the ontological dimensions of the literary imagination.
In our discussion of Foucault we will exploit the possibility of moving between the doctrine of analogy
of proper proportionality among referents to the doctrine of analogical terms (analogy of attribute), a possibility not realized in medieval discussions.
Most fundamental of these precommitments is Ward's assumption that the contemporary investigation of Karl Barth's understanding and use of language is best tackled from the standpoint of the doctrine of analogy
to be found in the Church Dogmatics, rather than from Barth's earlier dialectical thought.
Many features of his doctrine of analogy
raise issues and difficulties that I cannot address here.
In working out this thesis, Gschwandtner gives particular emphasis to the role of the theology of the divine names, the late medieval decline in the doctrine of analogy
, and the relationship between the thought of Descartes and that of Pascal.
To this task, the paper addresses a semantic/epistemic problem, which concludes that the doctrine of analogy
lacks epistemological grounding insofar as it presupposes a prior understanding of God in order sufficiently to alter a given concept to be proportionate to God.
That, I suspect, is why Bracken never directly responds to Johnson's explanation that she uses "being" analogically as a "limit concept," or why Johnson might view as nonresponsive his appeals to: the doctrine of analogy
, Ian Barbour's notion of models, or the need for metaphysical rigor in the face of a trend toward overemphasis on God's incomprehensibility.