The Catholic Tradition Podcast: Ep. 65 – Cause With Tales, Philosophize With Your Life (Imaginative and prescient of the Soul Pt. III)

The Catholic Tradition Podcast: Ep. 65 – Cause With Tales, Philosophize With Your Life (Imaginative and prescient of the Soul Pt. III)

Jan 30, 2020 Modernity elevated pure, summary reasoning as the one strategy to learn about actuality. Cause having disenchanted the whole lot else, modernity then grew to become disenchanted with motive. The ascendancy of motive over superstitious myths was considered by the postmodernists as simply one other fable to be uncovered. The postmodernists had been

Jan 30, 2020

Modernity elevated pure, summary reasoning as the one strategy to
learn about actuality. Cause having disenchanted the whole lot else,
modernity then grew to become disenchanted with motive. The ascendancy of
motive over superstitious myths was considered by the postmodernists as
simply one other fable to be uncovered.

The postmodernists had been proper to see that the dictates of motive
weren’t wholly separate from our lives, self-images and wishes,
however had been coloured by the tales we inform about ourselves. However they
had been mistaken to conclude that motive is due to this fact inherently
suspect.

That’s as a result of human life actually is imbued with an intelligible,
narrative kind, and we’re able to telling true tales about
ourselves that mirror the precise story-form of our lives and
historical past as an entire. Cause can operate as a gloss on the story of
creation. The error was pondering that it might ever be sealed off
in a laboratory to start with.

It’s time to return to seeing our lives and historical past itself as
the intelligible tales they are surely: to set mythos
alongside logos as a necessary method of apprehending
reality—after which to transcend each as phrases dissolve in silent
contemplation of the One who advised the story earlier than it started.

That is the conclusion of a three-part interview with
poet-philosopher James Matthew Wilson about his e book The Imaginative and prescient
of the Soul: Fact, Goodness and Magnificence within the Western
Custom
.

Contents

[2:52] Recovering the position of storytelling within the notion of
reality; the trendy try and isolate motive from narrative

[12:33] How Plato used tales not simply as examples however to
advance his argument and get at a complete reality that motive
reaches solely partially and inefficiently

[20:55] Story as the shape and which means of a human life

[24:47] Fashionable abandonment of story as a way to reality;
logos is crippled with out mythos

[30:42] Descartes’ discount of motive to a software for the gaining
of mastery over the world

[33:45] The Jordan Peterson-Campbell-Jung archetypal strategy as
a “poor man’s metaphysics”

[38:29] Logos as a gloss on mythos

[41:45] Postmodernist suspicion of motive as conditioned by
narrative

[44:05] The very best type of the mental life is silent
prayer, not scholarship or evaluation

[49:10] Philosophy as a lifestyle; the invention of the
“mental” as a noun

[53:10] Sensible takeaways: pray, ponder and play

Hyperlinks

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

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

JMW Twitter https://twitter.com/JMWSPT

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