Online First: World Enough and Form

Now online at Synthese is an article developed as part of my postdoctoral work: “World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism.” It is part of the special issue, “Form, Structure, and Hylomorphism,” guest-edited by Anna Marmodoro and Michele Paolini Paoletti. You can read a complete online-only version here. An abstract: Attending to its recent developments, and […]

What is a Thomist?

Jörgen Vijgen, in a wonderful essay over at Thomistica, answers the age-old Thomistic question about what it means to be a Thomist. He attempts (successfully) to harmonize the “doctrinal” approach to Thomism and the “methodological” approach through the “moral” or “psychological” approach, which he finds in the five “marks” or signs of a Thomist. This […]

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 His many unpublished written works were also very formative (his published articles […]

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 […]

Conscience, Compulsion, and Making Good Arguments

Recently, Prof. Beckwith wrote a rather helpful piece at Public Discourse on avoiding bad pro-life arguments when defending the pro-life position. The following comments are an analysis of Lisa Harris’ lauded article “Recognizing Conscience in Abortion Provision,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012. Pro-life advocates or bioethicists should learn from mistakes […]