A Genius in Rome & the Genius of Rome

The following essay is a reflection based upon William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas’ Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius (New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2003). (Originally posted, 28 December 2012.) Shea and Artigas provide a lucid, enjoyable, and disciplined perspective on the battle between the intellectual pride and “troublesome… Continue reading A Genius in Rome & the Genius of Rome

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Waldstein on Integralism

For those interested in a deeper, theological and metaphysical defense of integralism, consider Pater Edmund Waldstein’s recent essay at Church Life Journal, “Integralism and the Logic of the Cross.” It is in response to an earlier CLJ essay by Timothy Troutner, “The Integralist Mirroring of Liberal Ideals.” Troutner himself cites an earlier essay by Pater Edmund at CLJ,… Continue reading Waldstein on Integralism

Online First: World Enough and Form

Now online at Synthese is an article developed as part of my postdoctoral work: “World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism.” It is part of the special issue, “Form, Structure, and Hylomorphism,” guest-edited by Anna Marmodoro and Michele Paolini Paoletti. You can read a complete online-only version here. An abstract: Attending to its recent developments, and… Continue reading Online First: World Enough and Form

What is a Thomist?

Jörgen Vijgen, in a wonderful essay over at Thomistica, answers the age-old Thomistic question about what it means to be a Thomist. He attempts (successfully) to harmonize the “doctrinal” approach to Thomism and the “methodological” approach through the “moral” or “psychological” approach, which he finds in the five “marks” or signs of a Thomist. This… Continue reading What is a Thomist?

Conscience, Compulsion, and Making Good Arguments

Recently, Prof. Beckwith wrote a rather helpful piece at Public Discourse on avoiding bad pro-life arguments when defending the pro-life position. The following comments are an analysis of Lisa Harris’ lauded article “Recognizing Conscience in Abortion Provision,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012. Pro-life advocates or bioethicists should learn from mistakes… Continue reading Conscience, Compulsion, and Making Good Arguments