Monthly Archives: December 2015

De Malo Q13.A4

This is the Google translation of the original Latin text found here. —————————— ARTICLE 4   The fourth question is to lend at interest is a mortal sin   It seems not. [63256] De malo, q. 13. Objection 4. 1For … Continue reading

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Injustice of Insider Trading

A question about the injustice of insider trading was raised over at the Acton Institute. The response given was that it harmed someone in someway. This is fairly typical of modern ethical reasoning, which is consequentialist and personalistic, that is … Continue reading

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Collectivist Fallacy and Ontology

One of the premises of the justification of what is called the “Collectivist Fallacy” (as I understand it) is that society is merely an aggregate of individuals engaged in exchanges for mutual benefit. The consequence is that society as such … Continue reading

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Time and Economic Value

Time and economic value share a common characteristic ontology. Time is fundamentally extramental and formally and actually mental. This is because time is fundamentally the motion of a physical being. This motion exists only in the indivisible moment. It is … Continue reading

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Argument from Justice

A variant of Pascal’s wager that I have been toying around with regards a matter of justice. Like Pascal’s wager, I don’t think it is meant to convince that God does exist, only that it is better or at least … Continue reading

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Woods and Usury

I was reading Woods again on usury and it is interesting to note that Woods actually quotes the pertinent passage that condemns the notion of usury as charging excessively or charging to the poor. However, it does seem to be … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Usury

A economic thing, that is something with utility that is exchanged, can be considered in two respect: with respect to the thing itself and with respect to its use. In Aquinas’ argument against usury, he talks about two different injustices … Continue reading

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