Recently, I acquired the new translation of Karol Wojtyła’s Person and Act, the first volume of the critical edition of the works of Pope St. John Paul II. I had never bothered to purchase a copy of the previous English edition, The Acting Person (Analecta Husserliana, 10), having heard of various serious issues with the … Continue reading Traduttore, Traditore
I review two recent books over at Thomistica, with some comments regarding philosophical pedagogy. An excerpt: The above two books by Prof. Houser and Fr. Dodds are recent entries in what could be an unofficial series answering to Msgr. Sokolowski’s call for “textbooks” that aid students and teachers, especially those in undergraduate programs that are … Continue reading The return of the manuals?
To the minds of some, the articles of the Angelic Doctor’s Summa Theologiae are captive in a historical or tradition-bound cell from which they cannot emerge. What a pity—for the articles of St. Thomas’s great Summa are complete or perfect acts of the mind. “Perfect” signifies that which lacks none of the parts due its … Continue reading A complete act of the mind
In preparation for an upcoming symposium talk on the Aristotelian-Thomistic understanding of chance and indeterminism in nature, I had the opportunity to read Cardinal Cajetan’s commentary on ST, Ia, q. 115, a. 6, where St. Thomas wonders “whether heavenly bodies impose necessity on things subject to their action?” This article and Cajetan’s commentary is used … Continue reading Cajetan on contingency in the stars
See Thomistica.net for a recent review of mine of Fr. Stephen Brock’s book The Light That Binds. An excerpt: The Light that Binds is an erudite work of Thomistic scholarship and will serve those with sufficient familiarity of Aquinas and his sources as an insightful philosophical guide to a deeper understanding of the Angelic Doctor’s … Continue reading New book review at Thomistica
After being cancelled last year, the Thomistic Institute is hosting its third philosophy and natural science symposium, entitled “Chance and Indeterminacy in the Natural World.” Please see the link for more information or to register, and please forward it to interested philosophy and natural science graduate students!
WikiMedia Commons CC (credit) A recent study of mask effectiveness is hailed by two Oxford professors of evidence-based medicine in the following terms: Yesterday marked the publication of a long-delayed trial in Denmark which hopes to answer that very question. The ‘Danmask-19 trial’ was conducted in the spring with over 3,000 participants, when the public were not … Continue reading Coronalogic
It seems that health is not a common good, because health characterizes an individual. In scholastic terms, it is a qualitative accident of a living substance, an organism. Thus: An individual’s life and health are particular goods, not common goods. It is an obvious metaphysical truth that my health and my life can only be … Continue reading On health as a common good
Funeral Mass near the ruins of the Urakami Cathedral, held on November 23, 1945, for the victims of the atomic bomb. (WikiMedia) Seventy-five years ago today, the USAAF B-29 Bockscar dropped one of the last bombs of the Second World War in the Urakami valley, on the industrial port city of Nagasaki, Japan. Tens of … Continue reading Silencing the bells of Nagasaki
Vasily Perov, The Drowned (1867; WikiMedia) In a recent post at The Josias, “The New Natural Law Theory as the Source of Bostock’s Error,” James Berquist analyzes a particular case of the general mistake made by the “new” natural law theory. The core of his philosophical criticism of the jurisprudence of Bostock lies in the … Continue reading Trying to take the good out of things