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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

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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… Continue reading Online First: World Enough and Form

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… Continue reading What is a Thomist?

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 His many unpublished written works were also very formative (his published articles… Continue reading Dr.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