Nature, Natural Ends, and the Enlightenment

The Josias Podcast’s two most recent episodes feature a very helpful discussion of the nature of teleology and its place in modernity after the Enlightenment. The first and second episodes can be found at the links below. The discussion makes good use of Aristotle’s cosmological problem, the difficulty of the apparently purposeless character of celestial … More Nature, Natural Ends, and the Enlightenment

Is There a Straight Line in Space between Two Thomists?

The following outlines an argument that I will develop in greater detail in a paper at the 41st American Maritain Association meeting. It concerns “the other debate” between Maritain and De Koninck. The year is 1934. At the University of Louvain, the 28-year-old Charles De Koninck has just completed his doctoral dissertation, “The Philosophy of Sir … More Is There a Straight Line in Space between Two Thomists?

Deduction of an Infra-Angelic Universe

Could there be a derivation of the material universe? Could we see our inferior world arise in our contemplation from its superior principles through a type of hierarchical comparison? The following “deduction” is an argument schema that Charles De Koninck employs in several of his published works. Here, it appears in a much more uninhibited style … More Deduction of an Infra-Angelic Universe