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The Future of Faith, the Subaltern Scientia: Lonergan and Aquinas

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This chapter focuses on a key theme in Thomas Aquinas and in an important contemporary manifestation of this theme in a significant modern thinker indebted to Aquinas, namely, Bernard Lonergan. Specifically, it focuses on how Lonergan's notion of self-appropriation utilizes several themes that are indicative of Aquinas' conception of faith as a subaltern scientia. Although there are many parallels between Lonergan's notion of self-appropriation and Aquinas' notion of faith as a subaltern scientia, there is one particular point of divergence that draws attention to since it could indicate a potential flaw, not only in the way Lonergan utilizes Aquinas, but in the Lonergarian notion of self-appropriation itself. This divergence concerns how the two methodologies are derived. Scientia is a system of knowing derived from the behavior of nature, whereas Lonergan's notion of self-appropriation is drawn from the behavior of human cognition.

Keywords: Bernard Lonergan; notion of faith; notion of self-appropriation; subaltern scientia; Thomas Aquinas

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