Knowing naturaliter : Auriol’s Propositional Foundations CHARLES BOLYARD 1 Descartes had his cogito and Moore had his hands. Scholastics had proposi- tions per se notae . Across times and traditions, foundationalist epistemolo- gies demand the most concentrated attention at their beginnings. Though it is unclear whether Auriol is a foundationalist in any straightforward way, it is certain that he too shares this infatuation with starting points. Auriol gives a sustained treatment of the problem of propositions known through themselves ( per se notae ) in his Commentary on Lombard’s Sentences , I, d. 2, q. 10. 2 Here, he asks whether a wayfarer can have knowledge of God’s existence without the help of scriptural testimony: that is, Auriol is asking whether natural theology is possible. 3 In the course of his dis- cussion, it becomes apparent that these per se known propositions are im- portant to Auriol, but the extent of their importance is a bit of a surprise. The simplest way to begin is to look at Auriol’s examples of proposi- tions known through themselves. While it was natural for those of his period broadly construed (e.g., Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham) to think of these sorts of
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