Bonaventure and Hylomorphism

Charles De Koninck’s first doctoral student, Fr. Patrice Robert, OFM, published his dissertation on St. Bonaventure’s hylomorphism as a book, Hylemorphisme et devenir chez Saint Bonaventure, for which De Koninck wrote a brief preface. In it, De Koninck contrasts contemporary approaches to the problem of becoming and the discovery of the hylomorphic composition of substances with … Continue reading Bonaventure and Hylomorphism

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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

Upcoming presentation: Grünbaum vs. De Koninck vs. Maritain

  The following is the abstract of my forthcoming presentation at the 41st American Maritain Association meeting (here given its updated title). If you are interested in a personal copy, please e-mail me here. A Thomistic Reply to Grünbaum’s Critique of Maritain on the Reality of Space A Thomistic ontology of spacetime seems impossible, given Thomas Aquinas’s (1224–1275) … Continue reading Upcoming presentation: Grünbaum vs. De Koninck vs. Maritain

De Koninck: Every Contingent Opposed to the Necessary Implies a Relation to the Good

Today, February 13, marks the anniversary of the death of Charles De Koninck (29 July 1906 – 13 February 1965). De Koninck died suddenly in Rome while serving as a lay advisor to the cardinal of Quebec. Among his last works were essays on the morality of birth control. This year being the 50th anniversary … Continue reading De Koninck: Every Contingent Opposed to the Necessary Implies a Relation to the Good

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)

News about postdoctoral research position

I am happy to announce that I am beginning a postdoctoral research position under the auspices of the Instituto de Filosofía at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, and the supervision of Prof. José Tomás Alvarado, I am currently engaged in postdoctoral research in the philosophy of cosmology. A more complete description of … Continue reading News about postdoctoral research position