Basing Thought on Common Sense

A good, clear explanation of the meaning of common sense, one which stands up to scientific reductions and provides the foundation for bringing science into the service of wisdom.

But perhaps someone playing devil’s advocate would preempt us and say: You just want to find out the meanings of words; the arguments have to be expressed in words, but that is unavoidable. Science is really telling us about a new meaning behind these “ordinary” or “manifest” words.

 

via Common Sense, Science, and the Pursuit of Wisdom

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About Andrew Seeley

With over 30 years of immersion in a Great Books based, fully integrated curriculum at Thomas Aquinas College in California, I enjoy sharing the fruits of the discussions I have with students, colleagues and friends about authors and ideas. As the Director of Advanced Formation for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education and a founding member of the Justin Martyr Fellows, I work to share my good fortune with Catholic educators and students around the country. As a lover of God, Church, family, America, Tolkien, Shakespeare, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, I like to write about them in particular ways.
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One Response to Basing Thought on Common Sense

  1. Alvin J Wolf Jr says:

    Is ‘common sense’ that part of wisdom that allows people to live in community in peace? Is that ‘common sense’ the appeal to conscience, an humbling of self interest in favor of a greater good? Words are the fuel delivering the Spirit of their righteousness which disposes the soul to recognize a power greater than itself.

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