A Genius in Rome & the Genius of Rome

The following essay is a reflection based upon William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas’ Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius (New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2003). (Originally posted, 28 December 2012.) Shea and Artigas provide a lucid, enjoyable, and disciplined perspective on the battle between the intellectual pride and “troublesome… Continue reading A Genius in Rome & the Genius of Rome

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Call for Papers: CEPOS 2019 at the ACPA

For those interested, consider submitting papers to CEPOS. Details below. Catholic Engagement in Philosophy of Science at ACPA 2019 CEPOS Satellite Session(s) at the 2019 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association November 21-24, 2019 Hilton Minneapolis 1001 Marquette Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55403 Send ~ 500 word abstracts to dist0011@stthomas.edu by May 1, 2019. We invite… Continue reading Call for Papers: CEPOS 2019 at the ACPA

Course in April

As part of the last stages of my postdoctoral project here in Chile, I’m happy to announce a course that I’ll be teaching this April at Universidad Gabriela Mistral: Dios y la Filosofía. The course is an overview of the fundamentals of natural theology, especially in view of modern science, following a classical Thomistic approach to… Continue reading Course in April

Scholastic “cosmologies”

The long history of the Thomist revival and its various idiosyncrasies is difficult going. Part of my research focuses upon the fruits of the tradition of scholastic “cosmology,” which nowadays we call the philosophy of nature. A new page collects and makes available some resources as part of that ongoing project. Currently available is a… Continue reading Scholastic “cosmologies”

New essay: The CRISPR Conundrum

Over at Arc Digital, a new essay of mine about CRISPR. An excerpt: The Cartesian project of the mastery and possession of nature—now embodied by CRISPR—would recognize no boundaries of a Stoic “Nature.” The prospect of vast amounts of money to be earned and power to be gained from procuring and selling CRISPR technology impels many… Continue reading New essay: The CRISPR Conundrum

Waldstein on Integralism

For those interested in a deeper, theological and metaphysical defense of integralism, consider Pater Edmund Waldstein’s recent essay at Church Life Journal, “Integralism and the Logic of the Cross.” It is in response to an earlier CLJ essay by Timothy Troutner, “The Integralist Mirroring of Liberal Ideals.” Troutner himself cites an earlier essay by Pater Edmund at CLJ,… Continue reading Waldstein on Integralism

New essay on CRISPR

Over at Crisis Magazine, a new essay on gene editing and CRISPR. An excerpt: There is no single “switch” for a higher IQ. Relationships between individual genes are “epistatic,” that is, “the effect of one gene . . . is dependent on the presence of one or more ‘modifier genes’.” Furthermore, Kozubek adds, the expression of… Continue reading New essay on CRISPR