It’s striking that Descartes makes the whole purpose of the Meditations that the arguments about God and the soul should be known rationally, by everyone, and with the firmest sort of certitude. As fate would have it, I read the Meditations on the same day we read the documents of Vatican I, which insist that it is proper to revelation to make God known to everyone with firm certitude. The tension acquires a special urgency and importance when we notice that to speak in the public square (i.e. politics) is to speak to everyone.
Descartes, Vatican I, and the Public square
November 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm (Uncategorized)