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

The primacy of the speculative and roots of the modern approach to nature

St. Thomas argues as follows when answering the question whether the practical and speculative intellects are numerically diverse powers: The practical and speculative intellects are not diverse powers. The reason for this is that . . . that which is accidentally related to the ratio [or account] of the object which bears on some power does not … Continue reading The primacy of the speculative and roots of the modern approach to nature

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

Online first ed. available: “Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy”

Now available via the "online first" section of the ACPQ's website for January 6, 2016, is my article "Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy." The abstract follows: In his early career, Charles De Koninck defended two theses: first, that natural philosophy (understood along Aristotelian-Thomistic lines) and the modern sciences are formally distinct; and … Continue reading Online first ed. available: “Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy”

De Koninck on “The Great State”

An excerpt from reading Vallée's introduction to De Koninck's Œuvres, II.3: The Great State [Le Grand État] is an evil in itself, writes de Jouvenal, for a fundamental reason relating to the very nature of the human mind. Incapable of considering the innumerable relations linking a great quantity of objects, it considers them only by reducing … Continue reading De Koninck on “The Great State”