The Catholic Tradition Podcast: Ep. 63 – Magnificence Revealing Being (Imaginative and prescient of the Soul Pt. II)

The Catholic Tradition Podcast: Ep. 63 – Magnificence Revealing Being (Imaginative and prescient of the Soul Pt. II)

Jan 23, 2020 It’s within the nature of Being to disclose itself to us, and within the pure realm that is performed preeminently by means of magnificence. Aquinas mentions radiance, readability and proportion as magnificence’s three standards. Proportion is arguably crucial in displaying forth Being, as magnificence reveals the plenitude of relations amongst all issues:

Jan 23, 2020

It’s within the nature of Being to disclose itself to us, and within the
pure realm that is performed preeminently by means of magnificence.

Aquinas mentions radiance, readability and proportion as magnificence’s
three standards. Proportion is arguably crucial in
displaying forth Being, as magnificence reveals the plenitude of relations
amongst all issues: the relation of the elements of a factor, of the
elements to the entire which surpasses them, of the entire object to all
different issues, and to its Maker.

That is half two of a three-part interview with poet and
thinker James Matthew Wilson about his guide The Imaginative and prescient
of the Soul
.

[3:10] The nihilistic disenchanting drive of rationalism and its
infiltration of Catholic thought

[10:47] Magnificence as a transcendental property of Being, and the
“synthesis of all of the transcendentals”

[18:50] Theodor Adorno on motive and sweetness

[22:53] Aquinas’s tripartite formulation of magnificence (radiance,
readability, proportion) illuminates the older definition of magnificence as
the splendor of kind; an argument for proportion as most
necessary

[30:13] The pitfalls of Maritain’s give attention to radiance and readability
over proportion

[35:31] The modernist experiment to seek out out the diploma to which
magnificence may eschew a pleasing floor and nonetheless stay
stunning

[40:29] Modernism as a motion for metaphysical realism in
artwork

 

Hyperlinks

James Matthew Wilson: https://www.jamesmatthewwilson.com/

JMW Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMWSPT

The Imaginative and prescient of the Soul:
https://www.amazon.com/Vision-Soul
Goodness-Western-Tradition/dp/0813229286

Just a few of the artworks talked about by James:

The Dying Gaul https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Gaul

Seamus Heaney’s poem impressed by The Dying Gaul https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57044/the-grauballe-man

Laocoön and His Sons https://mymodernmet.com/laocoon-and-his-sons-statue/

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