De Ordine Creationis: A Theological Approach to the Nature of Mathematical Reasoning

James Turner


In the history of ideas, our view of the world as structured mathematically can be traced back to the 17th century rationalists, particularly to Descartes and his relocation of certainty as grounded in the divine mind to certainty as grounded in the personal cogito. In this talk, we will speculate on what the nature of mathematical reasoning would be once the ground of certainty is returned to the divine mind. Here we will follow the thought of the two contemporary 13th century giants of theology: Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure.