Historical and Existential Perspectives
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all those who have helped me in any way to reach the point of publication of this work. The content of this book is largely the doctoral thesis presented to the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 2008, following time spent at the Pontifical Scots College, Rome. I am most grateful to the Rt Rev. Peter Moran, Bishop Emeritus of Aberdeen, for granting me the opportunity to pursue the research and for the warm welcome and support of the staf f and community of the Scots College during my time there. I wish to thank the members of the Faculty of Theology of St Patrick’s College for their courses and guidance, and as communicated by the Rev. Prof. Liam Tracey, OSM, for their permission to publish the thesis. Clearly, more could be done to the text to develop its content and expand areas of the research. However, although present commitments largely preclude any major development, I hope that, despite its inadequa- cies, the reader will derive some benefit from the text in its present form. In the work, I have incorporated a brief study of the modern analy- sis of deduction, as conducted by the field of cognitive psychology, in order to compare it with the medieval attitudes to deductive reasoning in conscience. I am indebted to Dr Paul Kinnear, formerly of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen,...
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