CDK Project calls for volunteers

If you have translations or other work about Charles De Koninck that you would like to contribute, please see this post from the CDK Project.

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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?

Tolerance is only possible with true principles

The uproar from Oxford over the scholarship of John Finnis could be called a “canary in the coal mine” for philosophers who defend a more traditional morality, if that canary were not already just the taxidermied one which we keep around just for show. You can read about the events at Oxford here. Students are … Continue reading Tolerance is only possible with true principles

A Faith Fearless in the Face of Truth

Recently, I heard of a young Catholic’s crisis of faith. He attributed it to his collegiate studies and a disconnect in its instruction of philosophy and the sciences. Philosophy seemed positively closed off from communication with the natural sciences. It had no healthy skepticism and was rather dogmatic. Further, given the close connection between philosophical … Continue reading A Faith Fearless in the Face of Truth

Thinking Things Together in Science and Philosophy

Read my recent contribution to Arc’s Philosophy section here, in which I bring Socrates’s observations in the Phaedo together with a recently proven paradoxical theorem in quantum physics and a result in the mathematics of emergent properties. There is surely a strange confusion of causes and conditions in all this. It may be said, indeed, that without … Continue reading Thinking Things Together in Science and Philosophy

William James and “the total nature of reality”

Upon reading some background material on the debate about “the two cultures” that arose between C. P. Snow and F. R. Leavis, I happened upon this gem from William James. It’s been uploaded to The Appendix of Mis/Understanding. Of all insufficient authorities as to the total nature of reality, give me the "scientists," from Münsterberg … Continue reading William James and “the total nature of reality”

Sine Thoma, Aristoteles mutus esset

Recently, I came across this gem, written by Petrus Hoenen in his Cosmologia (5th ed., 1956, p. 305). Hoenen, who obtained a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Leiden in 1912 (writing a dissertation on thermodynamics and studying under, among others, H. A. Lorentz), writes in this context against making form out to be a being, … Continue reading Sine Thoma, Aristoteles mutus esset