Notes – Some of which are crazy

– A fact is just a metaphysics you can get away with.

-I keep trying to work out the details of an epistemology that says that you know whatever you respond to by saying “yeah, that seems right”. We know when we have evidence, and evidence is an unwieldy and sprawling confederacy of notions.

– Some things exist because we agree that they do: if we praise or glorify something he is praised and glorified. Such a being is given a real power he did not have before.

-Praising or glorifying someone doesn’t just change how we respond to him, it changes the person himself.

– Any power to create a society has a power to affect things internally from extrinsic relations.

-We know that interaction between conscious beings is different from a physical system.

Buber: God needs you for what is the purpose of your life. Here’s a variant: God needs you for those things that owe their existence to you. But this sort of existence is fullest in praise, blessing, adoration, glorification. It is this sort of action that gives rise to both the nation and the Church.

-The creator needs us so far as we are creators, so far as things owe their existence to us.

Value is goodness that owes its existence to us.

-When a thing owes its existence to a finite will, the action of the will is made perfect when it transcends itself by giving up its power over the thing it creates. This is why to take a vow is to negate the possibility of reneging, or to use money or a language requires most of us to have no power to change its meaning or value.

-Until we have no power over the meaning of what we say, what we say can’t be correct.

-We produce language in part out of a desire to speak the truth, but we can’t speak truth until the language is no longer our production.

-Say we really change God by our act of praise, blessing, adoration, glorification. Traditional theology would take this as a refutation of the point. But the basic truth of immutability is preserved since the action of a finite will is not complete until it has bound the finite will itself.

-Praise changes God only in the way that a created language expresses truth.

-Part of this is the fact that no one individual praises God fully – it must be done by the Church. I’m not exempting Christ from this.

Scotus: the act – potency binary was developed to explain univocal causes; an equivocal cause can bestow an actually already possessed by itself.

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