Basic Notions of Metaphysics: Transcendentals
In this podcast we investigate the Medieval notion of “transcendentals”, an underlying and all pervading principle of Sacra Doctrina and philosophy of Middle Ages that was nevertheless rarely in the focus of contemporary scholarship. The doctrine of transcendentals is one of those teachings that are so common and obvious that one has trouble noticing it, similarly as we have trouble noticing air that we’re breathing.
We differentiate the original meaning of the term “transcendental” from its modern use, inaugurated by Immanuel Kant, and proceed to depict what “Being”, “One”, “True”, “Good” et al. meant as “convertibles” for the sages of Medieval Tradition and why is this convertibility so important.
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