Essay for The Federalist

Just published today at The Federalist is an essay of mine analyzing, and providing some broader philosophical context, the recent Kansas Supreme Court decision regarding abortion and SB95. An excerpt: The framers at Wyandotte in the times of “Bleeding Kansas” could see well enough, despite their limitations, the truth in the phrase “All men are possessed … Continue reading Essay for The Federalist

A Natural Philosopher’s Lament

Over at Public Discourse is a new essay of mine, “A Natural Philosopher’s Lament.” An excerpt from the essay: There already exists a tradition of natural philosophy, originating with Aristotle and his medieval commentators. Just as a Thomistic natural law theory still defends the fundamental knowledge about which a wide-ranging tradition of jurisprudence and constitutional law has … Continue reading A Natural Philosopher’s Lament

Chilean philosophy course comes to a close …

Thanks to the good folks at Universidad Gabriela Mistral, and my good friend Pablo Maillet, my short extension course, a series of lectures on “God and Philosophy,” came to a successful close this week. A short description and news story from UGM can be found here. The Spanish text reads: Yesterday saw the successful conclusion … Continue reading Chilean philosophy course comes to a close …

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

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

Essay at Thomistica.net

Recently published at Thomistica.net is an essay of mine, “Some Mistakes Due to What Is Per Accidens.” The essay discusses four philosophical mistakes when what is per accidens is taken to be what is actually per se to something. This logical error was discussed with lucidity by Dr. Duane Berquist in his lectures on logic, and hence I … Continue reading Essay at Thomistica.net

Dr. Duane Berquist, rest in peace

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Dr. Duane H. Berquist. Dr. Berquist was the best teacher I never met, having only listened to many of his recorded lectures and never attended any of his classes in person. His many unpublished written works were also very formative (his published articles … Continue reading Dr. Duane Berquist, rest in peace

Seeing, Choosing, and Pro-Life Arguments

Recently published at Crisis Magazine is a philosophical reflection of mine on arguments for and against abortion in our culture. An excerpt: As the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre argued nearly forty years ago, our public debates about abortion rest upon conceptually incommensurable premises. That is, we accept no common ground by which to measure or compare the truth … Continue reading Seeing, Choosing, and Pro-Life Arguments

A Faith Fearless in the Face of Truth

Recently, I heard of a young Catholic’s crisis of faith. He attributed it to his collegiate studies and a disconnect in its instruction of philosophy and the sciences. Philosophy seemed positively closed off from communication with the natural sciences. It had no healthy skepticism and was rather dogmatic. Further, given the close connection between philosophical … Continue reading A Faith Fearless in the Face of Truth