People often think of the medieval age as exemplifying the opposite of logic–not so.
This is my favorite text from that time, and this is the specific edition I had
$1.54, why not? Literally the best way to spend $1.54. This is the book I’ve spoken of that I used to play a game with- flip open to any page, and halfway through that page you’re going to start remembering the realm of the forms, and being suspicious of “the world”, the people and their meaningless chatter. In a word, you’ll begin to recall what is important in life.
Let’s take another medieval thinker, Anselm, and the idea he formulated fewer than a thousand years ago (1078 CE), the ontological argument for the existence of God, “who”, according to him, is “a being than which no greater can be conceived”.
“That’s nature, you’re talking about nature.”
What is the nature of nature?
“Well, it’s Nature.”
What do you mean by that capitalization? Are you attributing some sort of divinity to nature?
“Blasphemer! Capitalize Nature this instant!”
Okay… Nature. What is the Nature of Nature?
Yes, what is it? What is Nature? Further, if you can answer that, what is God? Further, why is it that you believe that one is truer than the other?
“Look, I know my Derrida, so now I’m going to question your divine-signifier, this “truer”- what do you mean by that? Is truth divine to you?”
Is it not to you? Let’s return to this idea of Anselm’s that might have gotten lost during this brief chat- God is “a being than which no greater can be conceived”. When we invoke God we are admitting that there is something beyond our purview when we speak of truth or nature, i.e. we return again to this error of begging the question, where we wonder why truth is true, and what the nature of nature is. Invoking God is our human way of saying there is something truer than truth, because truth is always self-contained by its own logic- “Why is truth true? Well, because…” Likewise with nature, it’s an infinite regress of what is the nature of the nature of the nature of nature? We, humbly, call that God.