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Title: The Regressive Method of Ambrose Gardeil and the Role of Phronesis and Scientia in Positive and Speculative Theologies
Author(s): MESZAROS, Andrew
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 89    Issue: 4   Date: 2013   
Pages: 279-321
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.89.4.3011221

Abstract :
This article examines one attempt on the part of Catholic theology to reconcile the use of historical methods with the practice of dogmatic theology. This attempt amounted to distinguishing the roles and legitimacy of what came to be called ‘positive theology’ and ‘speculative theology’. The article gives special attention to the Saulchoir Dominicans, especially Ambrose Gardeil and his regressive method, whereby the groundwork is laid for keeping positive and speculative theologies together. The article further shows how J.H.Newman’s Essay on Development featured in Gardeil’s legitimization of his synthesis between positive and speculative theologies. The article then turns to a discussion of the intellectual virtues. B. Lonergan shows how phronesis (with reference to Newman) is employed in positive theological work; Congar, shows the role that scientia plays in speculative theology.

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