I review two recent books over at Thomistica, with some comments regarding philosophical pedagogy. An excerpt:
The above two books by Prof. Houser and Fr. Dodds are recent entries in what could be an unofficial series answering to Msgr. Sokolowski’s call for “textbooks” that aid students and teachers, especially those in undergraduate programs that are small or burdened with too many of the ill-effects that attend modern curricula in the multiversity. Others could be added. For instance, in philosophy of the human person, one thinks of Steven Jensen’s recent (and excellent) The Human Person: A Beginner’s Thomistic Psychology. Jensen addresses in greater breadth areas that Jim Madden’s Mind, Matter, and Nature considers in a bit more depth. Richard Berquist’s recent book on the natural law is a promising entry in that area. Feser’s Scholastic Metaphysics and his Five Proofs are also used in my courses, alongside excerpts from Fr. Clarke’s The One and the Many. I also assign parts of Reinhard Hütter’s John Henry Newman On Truth and Its Counterfeits when we read Newman’s Grammar in my epistemology course (see the Thomistica review of Hütter’s book here).
If there is to be a “new manualism,” then I hope to see more of these sorts of books.
Read the whole review here.