The following is the prepared text for a lecture delivered at Anthem Preparatory Academy, a Great Hearts charter high school in Anthem, AZ. The lecture was a part of a two-day colloquium for the junior and senior class, “Making Worlds,” also with guest speaker Dr. Andrew Seeley. The texts of the colloquium were selections from … More Making Images of the Cosmos
In anticipation of the upcoming feast of Our Lady, and as part of the season of Our Lord’s birth, I present a translation of the question regarding the queenship of Mary, excerpted from the Mariologia of Merkelbach, for all those interested.
Aristotle teaches: In every inquiry in which there are principles or causes or elements, understanding and science occur from knowing these. For we think we know each thing when we know the first causes and first principles and have reached the elements. It is clear, then, that in natural science as well one must try … More The Natural Path in Our Knowledge
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
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?
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
The following is the prepared text of a lecture given to the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. * * * Brother Thomas and the Universe John G. Brungardt Lecture at the DSMME Motherhouse December 6th, 2017 Introduction G. K. Chesterton once gave St. Thomas the title “St. Thomas of the Creator.” However, … More Brother Thomas and the Universe