Shorting the Market on the Common Good

Over at Public Discourse, an essay by Joseph E. Capizzi and V. Bradley Lewis—entitled “Bullish on the Common Good?”—attempts to put recent conservative discussion about “the common good” in a more realistic and pragmatic light. They refer to C. C. Pecknold’s First Things essay, “False Notions of the Common Good” as well as two other … Continue reading Shorting the Market on the Common Good

Dignity in a cold, dark universe

The following is the abstract of a paper soon to be under review. If you would like a personal copy, please e-mail me here. Is Personal Dignity Possible Only If We Live in a Cosmos? The Catholic Church has increasingly relied upon the principle of human dignity as part of its evangelical mission in modern times. Catholic … Continue reading Dignity in a cold, dark universe

Quaestio Quodlibet: Whether God could have made a better universe, or, the existence of radical natural evil

The following is a quodlibetal-type question that I recently received. Such questions are always welcome, just email them to me here. If God is all knowing and all powerful then does that mean He knew creating this specific universe with its physical laws would inevitably lead to them interacting in such a way as to … Continue reading Quaestio Quodlibet: Whether God could have made a better universe, or, the existence of radical natural evil

An Aristotelian and Modern Philosophy of Cosmology? (Presentation of 22 June)

The following is a modified-for-blog version of the presentation which I gave at the Segundas Jornadas Postdoctorales e Iniciación de Filosofía at the Institute of Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, June 22. Your comments, criticism, or thoughts are welcome. An Aristotelian and Modern Philosophy of Cosmology? A Sketch of Research and Some Fundamental Problems • … Continue reading An Aristotelian and Modern Philosophy of Cosmology? (Presentation of 22 June)

Conference version of “Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter”

For those who have better things to do than read the 22pp version of my De Koninck abstraction paper, what follows is a slightly edited version of the 15-minute version of the paper which I delivered at the recent III Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista. St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter 1. … Continue reading Conference version of “Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter”

The Empty Brain

The effects of the Cartesian view of human nature permeate our scientific thinking to an impressive degree. This is all the more a paradox since "the isolation of the mind from the body entails an isolation of the mind from the world" and hence the isolation of the knower from what he wants to know. The resulting … Continue reading The Empty Brain

Laudato Si’, the Natural Philosopher, and the Common Good

Leslie Armour notes that Charles De Koninck was writing before "ecology" had become a catch word, before anyone had thought of "green parties" and before the contemporary animal rights movements had caught the popular imagination. But he had devoted much of his life to the philosophy of science, and he feared that a growing movement toward … Continue reading Laudato Si’, the Natural Philosopher, and the Common Good

Why am I a Catholic?

So that this kind of Absurdity, may rightly be numbred amongst the many sorts of Madnesse. (Hobbes, Leviathan, I.8) That there are things or substances has always been the standing or falling proposition of Thomism, the only philosophy truly germane to that touchstone of Catholic faith—which is the dogma of transubstantiation. (Jaki, "Thomas and the Universe," … Continue reading Why am I a Catholic?