Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It seems appropriate to say that phenomenology is "metalogical."  On the one hand phenomenology happens prior to logic -- as in the apprehension of essences, i.e., eidetic intuition -- but on the other hand posterior to logic -- as in reflection of the nature of logic as a complete organism.  Logic is properly something which happens in the natural attitude:  it is propositional reflection.  Phenomenology transcends argumentation to the realm or "space" of truthfulness, of truth as known or as mine.  Certainly there is a continuous dialectic and dialogue between logical and phenomenological (metalogical) thought. Appropriating the medieval categories, one might say that logic is Ratio and phenomenology is Intellectus.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this, Trevor. Yeah, I knew everything was going to change as soon as I started reading "Intro." Some of the opening words of "Intro" really challenged me to get on the fast track for perfection. Perfection for the sake of souls, that is. Merry Christmas! May the little Baby Jesus make you smile today. God bless you... +M.

    P.S. Tomorrow is Gilson's feast day (Étienne = Stephen, and Dec. 26th = feast of St. Stephen the Protomartyr). Really going now (I promise?)...