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"Practical reason" describes knowledge of something true precisely from the aspect of "truth

as good, truth as valuable" and hence to be pursued, promoted and performed. This
description is based on a distinction between "speculative" and "evaluative" knowledge
(respectively cognitio speculative! and cognitio aestimativa). The first denotes information or
understanding that, considered in itself, does not carry a deeply felt significance (although it
may do so for a particular individual). Evaluative knowledge, alternatively, involves an
estimation or appreciation of something true as involving some value which a person
appropriates as being personally significant. It is this that guides our decision and actions

Lewis notes the two levels of conscience found in the Bible and later in, for instance, the work
of Aquinas
. Conscience, in its proper sense, is "situational" as denoting the judgment about
the morality of a particular act [syneidesis). Conscience understood as "foundational"
[synderesis) is "the habitual and ineradicable grasp of fundamental moral principles" (love and
do good, shun evil, seek truth) that is natural and innate and which judgment needs as a
benchmark and a guide
. Lewis suggests that foundational conscience is "somewhat akin to the
sense of moral value
." Foundational conscience seems to be, for Lewis, as for Aquinas, the
developed, habituated form of this sense of moral value or of what we refer to above as
"primordial moral awareness
For Gaffney and Ratzinger, the thought and language of this text of GS draws on John Henry
. Traces of Aquinas are evident but within a framework of inferiority.
In this text,
foundational moral consciousness emerges not primarily by way of interaction with the outer
world but by attentiveness to the inner world through self-reflexivity. Earlier [GS 14), modern
insights into inferiority ("interior qualities*' or interioritas) are acknowledged. This form of
unique self-awareness, while couched in affective language, in fact connotes the deepest core
of the reflexive self. Interioritas is the "distinctively human capacity" enabling the human
person to outstrip "the whole sum of mere things."

See Timothy E. O'Connell, Making Disciples: A Handbook of Christian Moral Formation (New York:
Crossroad, 1998), 29, 70.
Brian Lewis, "The Primacy of Conscience in the Roman Catholic Tradition," Pacifica 13 (2000): 299-306.
Also Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., "Christ's Redemptive Journey and the Moral Dimension of Prayer," Studio
Moralia 37 [1999): 127-152, at 146.
Lewis, The Primacy, 300.
Compare O'Connell's threefold distinction comprising synderesis, moral science and particular
judgment (syneidesis). See Timothy E. O'Connell, Principles for a Catholic Morality, rev. ed. (Harper
Sanfrancisco, 1990), 109-113. O'Neil and Black speak of the four "moments" of conscience. The
foundational level is "conscience as desiring and knowing the good" followed by conscience as
discerning the particular good, as a judgment for right action, and finally as self-evaluating. See Kevin 0
Neil C.Ss.R & Peter Black, C.Ss.R., The Essential Moral Handbook: A Guide to Catholic Living (Liguori,
Missouri: Liguori Publications, 2003), 58-83, at 60.
James Gaffhey, Matters of Faith and Morals (St. Louis: Sheed & Ward, 1987), 130. Also Joseph
Ratzinger, "Introductory Article and Chapter I: The Dignity of the Human Person," in Herbert Vorgrimler,
Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II (New York: Herder & Herder, 1969), 134-5.

Ratzinger comments that GS 14 is influenced by two aspects of an Augustinian synthesis of a
more historically-oriented biblical anthropology with a modified metaphysical conception.
First, the distinction between "homo interior" and "exterior" (rather than body/soul) sees the
person in historical and dynamic terms and "introduces a greater element of personal
responsibility and decision regarding the direction of life." Second, for Augustine, the biblical
understanding of the heart "expresses the unity of interior life and corporeality
Aquinas' approach is built on three dimensions of connaturalitythe ontological, the habitual
and, bridging the two, the epistemological. For Aquinas, suggests Tallon, living beings are
drawn to respond to the surrounding world. It is connaturality that makes our "faculties"
operate with spontaneity, responsive to what is akin to them, befitting them. Our eyes do not
need to know that light, colour and harmonious form are good for them, but in the presence of
the visible they naturally act and experience fulfillment (complacentia)
. This is ontological
connaturality. For sentient and animal creatures, it has an incipiently rational expression in
emotions and instinct. Its fuller expression is in humans where the cognitive, affective,
volitional operations of rational consciousness respond to their proper objects (being as true
and good) because of their "cor-respo/iri-ence with their proper objects." This is the
epistemological form of an experienced befittingness, belongingness, affinity, attunement
For practical reason, he normally uses the phrase ratio practica. However, Maguire notes that,
twice in the treatise De Malo, Aquinas, in the one context, uses the phrase "practical or
affective reason
." In other words, it is a form of affective knowing.

For Aquinas, one is not capable of moral virtue without an awareness of primary moral
principles. In his treatment of this, while he uses the metaphor of the "heart" as the site of this
, there is no explicit use of the phrase "connatural knowledge" or its equivalents
noted above. This foundational awareness is not one of ratio or discursive,
Intuitive insight, then, is a form of cognition that involves an immediate grasp of what is true
which, in its habitual form (epitomized in the gift of understanding) denotes "a certain
excellence of knowledge that penetrates into the heart of things
." Here it is an intuitive
appreciation of the truth precisely as a good that is fitting and congenial to being authentically
human. It is the epistemological expression of ontological connaturality.
La causa del orden es, a la vez, principio de las cosas que son, precisamente aquel principio
de donde les viene el movimiento a las cosas que son.

Ratzinger, "Introductory Article and Chapter I," 128.
Andrew Tallon, Head and Heart: Affection, Cognition and Volition as Triune Consciousness (NY:
Fordham University Press, 1997), 235.
Andrew Tallon, Head and Heart, 235.
Daniel Maguire, The Moral Revolution: A Christian Humanist Vision (San Francisco: Harper and Row,
1986J, 258, citing de Malo, Q, 16, a 6 ad 13 and ad 8 for the phrase "ratio practica seu affectiva."
In S. Th. 1. 2. 94 especially article 6.
ST. 2.2 8.1 ad 3.

Cabra suponer que el primero que busc tal cosa fue Hesodo, o cualquier otro que puso al
Amor o Deseo como principio de las cosas que son, al igual que tambin Parmnides. ste,
desde luego, al compone la gnesis del universo todo, dice que puso el Amor el primero de
todos los dioses; y Hesodo dice que antes que todas las cosas fue el Caos, despus la Tierra de
ancho seno y el Amor que sobresale entre los inmortales, como que es preciso que se d, en
las cosas que son, alguna causa que mueva y componga las cosas

En este sentido se dice que es causa aquel constitutivo interno de lo que algo est hecho

(materia como causa). Tambin en la Metafsica: Se llama causa, en un primer sentido, la
materia inmanente de la que algo se hace ( aquello de lo cual se hace algo, siendo aquello
inmanente en esto; en latn: Causa vero dicitur unoquidem modo ex quo fit aliquid [-]

Materia como principio: aquello desde lo cual, siendo intrnseco a la cosa, sta comienza a
hacerse ( lo primero a partir de lo cual se hace algo, siendo aquello inmanente en esto; en
latn: unde primum generatur inexistente)

Lo comn a todo tipo de principio es ser lo primero a partir de lo cual algo es, o se produce, o
se conoce. Y de ellos unos son inmanentes y otros extrnsecos

Por consiguiente, la causa del accidente ser la materia en cuanto capaz de ser de otro

Ciertas cosas son uno numricamente, otras especficamente, otras genricamente y otras
por analoga: numricamente lo son aquellas cosas cuya materia es una

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aquello desde lo cual, permaneciendo intrnseco a lo que deviene, es engendrada la cosa, es decir, la
causa material. La expresin , es decir, causa intrnseca, suele significar la materia ().
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Calias y Scrates, que se diversifican por la materia (pues diversa)

Elemento es, por su parte, aquello en que la cosa se descompone y que es inmanente en ella
como materia, por ejemplo, de la slaba, la a y la b

Y llamo materia aquello que en acto no es algo determinado, pero en potencia es algo

Las entidades, por su parte, son tres: la materia, que es un esto slo en apariencia (en
efecto, materia y sustrato son todas las cosas que estn sin formar, sin embargo, una unidad
natural); la naturaleza, la cual es un esto y cierto estado al cual se dirige la generacin; la
tercera, en fin, es la individual, compuesta de aquellas, como Scrates o Calias

La materia no se mueve a s misma

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Y puesto que se trata de un cuerpo de tal tipo a saber, que tiene vida no es posible que el
cuerpo sea el alma: y es que el cuerpo no es de las cosas que se dicen de un sujeto, antes al
contrario, realiza la funcin de sujeto. Luego el alma es necesariamente entidad en cuanto
forma especfica de un cuerpo natural que en potencia tiene vida. Ahora bien, la entidad es
entelequia, luego el alma es entelequia de tal cuerpo.
Pero la palabra entelequia se entiende de dos maneras: una en el sentido en que lo es la
ciencia, y otra, en el sentido de en que lo es teorizar. Es, pues, evidente que el alma lo es como
la ciencia: y es que teniendo alma se puede estar en sueo o en vigilia y la vigilia es anloga al
teorizar mientras que el seo es anlogo a poseer la ciencia y no ejercitarla. Ahora bien ,
tratndose del mismo sujeto la ciencia es anterior, desde el punto de vista de la gnesis, luego
el alma es la entelequia primera de un cuerpo natural que en potencia tiene vida.

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