Summer Program in Philosophy and Science

The Thomistic Institute has just announced its third annual summer program, with the theme of “Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World.” The TI Summer Program website elaborates on this as follows: What are chance occurrences, and how has indeterminacy factored into the development of the natural world as we know it? The vocabulary of … Continue reading Summer Program in Philosophy and Science

IPC-Paris Conference Presentation

This March, the IPC-Facultés Libres de Philosophie et de Psychologie celebrates its 50th anniversary with a colloquium in honor the teachers of its own teachers, and inspiration for its pedagogical program, Charles De Koninck and Msgr. Maurice Dionne. The colloquium will take places from March 12–14, 2020. I’ve the honor of being one of the … Continue reading IPC-Paris Conference Presentation

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

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