John Milbank—The Return of Metaphysics in the 21st century (Stanton Lectures 2011, #1)

Posted by Kendall Harmon

... this is not to appeal nostalgically back to a lost past. Rather it is to suggest that our present has been constructed more by one type of faith than it has been by reason.

In short, we still live within a Franciscan Middle Ages, and this can be shown to be as true of our politics as it is of our philosophy. The question is whether an alternative, Dominican Middle Ages can yet be revived in order to shape, in the twenty-first century, an alternative modernity.

But what happened to the evolution of the post-Franciscan current after Kant? Do both analytic and continental philosophy really still stand within its slip-stream? The answer is indubitably yes. And if these two philosophies tell similar stories about the genesis of modern philosophy then it turns out that their own origins are but continuations of this story in varying ways that are not so different as is sometimes imagined.

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Posted January 29, 2011 at 11:04 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. driver8 wrote:

Poor old Blessed John Duns Scotus always the fool to St. Thomas Aquinas’, straight man, in the Radical Orthodox fly by of medieval theology. FWLIW such an analysis has come in for withering criticism from folks who actually specialize in Scotus.

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