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

Disgruntled scholastic readers

While looking for a book recently in the library stacks, I happened upon this Spanish tome (The Essence of Thomistic Philosophy), which bears the following inscription, yesteryear’s equivalent of today’s Amazon customer reviews: A translation of the concerned reviewer’s self-appointed epigraph: Warning: A very ‘light’ book. It tries to be very clear, but in the attempt … Continue reading Disgruntled scholastic readers

It’s now the Hubble-Lemaître Law

In a recent vote, the International Astronomical Union has decided to recognize the Belgian priest Fr. Georges Lemaître in its recommendation to rename the Hubble law: The discovery of the apparent recession of galaxies is a founding pillar of modern cosmology and a major milestone of astronomical research. To acknowledge the scientific contributions of Belgian … Continue reading It’s now the Hubble-Lemaître Law

Towards Reforming High School Math and Science

Educators in the traditional liberal arts are rethinking how modern mathematics and sciences can be freeing to the mind. To restore perennial philosophy at a cultural level, initiatives such as these are much-needed.

When I Discovered Your Words

…If I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done— I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soul-crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education. Paul Lockhart, “A Mathematician’s Lament

This weekend, I was privileged to gather at the Catholic University of America with fellow educators who feel the force of Lockhart’s now-famous Lament and who have taken steps over the years to do something about it. They are part of the classical liberal arts revival that is gaining momentum among Catholic schools, and recognize that many of these schools have found it difficult to integrate mathematics and the sciences into the liberal arts curriculum. These branches of knowledge, whose hold on the privileged place in education…

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New translation project

After many years of eclectically reading of John of St. Thomas’s great Cursus Philosophicus, I've decided to begin the slow process (doubtless to take many more years) of translating the natural philosophical portions of this work into English. The results will be made available at this page. In due course, a translator’s preface, various notes, and … Continue reading New translation project

Chapter recently published

I'm happy to announce that an essay of mine, “St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter,” has been published by RIL Editores (Chile) as part of the collection Cognoscens in actu est ipsum cognitum in actu: Sobre los tipos y grados de conocimiento. The book is available here. The book does feature, … Continue reading Chapter recently published

Философия физики с Родины —or, Philosophy of Physics from the Motherland

A current project of mine, related to the general endeavor of contemplating the philosophical foundations of modern cosmology, concerns the principle of least action. Among various articles and sources I have been studying for this sub-project include an article titled “Metaphysics of the Principle of Least Action” by Vladislav Terekhovich. I recently discovered another article of … Continue reading Философия физики с Родины —or, Philosophy of Physics from the Motherland