Why Aristotle’s Chemistry Lasted So Long

In a contemporary introductory chemistry lecture, one can easily imagine—or watch—the professor praising the heroic Democritean insights into void and being—where being consists of the the in-divisible, a-tomic—and lambasting the Aristotelian theory of the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), which fundamental essences lead to the “compounds” insofar as proximate pairs can be combined … Continue reading Why Aristotle’s Chemistry Lasted So Long

The Magic of Ordinary Atoms

Adam Becker, in What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics, includes among the introductory remarks to his book the following: Your house keys are a temporary alliance of a trillion trillion atoms, each forged in a dying star eons ago, each falling to Earth in its earliest days. They have bathed in … Continue reading The Magic of Ordinary Atoms

The Impossible Prudence of the Robotic Doctor

Michel Accad, physician and author of the blog Alert & Oriented—as well as various academic works, including an article on my reading list about hylomorphism and cell theory—writes in a quæstione disputatae with Darrel Francis in The BMJ against the reign of “evidence based medicine.” What is EBM, why does Accad argue against it, and what light might a classically inspired philosophy … Continue reading The Impossible Prudence of the Robotic Doctor

¿La venganza del Estagirita?

En una entrada recién de su blog, Ed Feser señala una reseña de Tim Crane en First Things sobre un libro nuevo que se llama Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science. Los editores del libro son William M. R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, y Nicolas J. Teh. Este libro—de ninguna manera de nivel principiante—discuta varios temas especializados en la … Continue reading ¿La venganza del Estagirita?

The Revenge of the Stagirite?

In a recent blog post, Ed Feser notes Tim Crane’s review in First Things of a recent book, Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science. The book is edited by William M. R. Simpson, Robert C. Koons, and Nicholas J. Teh. The book—not an introductory volume by any means—takes up various special topics in the philosophy of science … Continue reading The Revenge of the Stagirite?

The Action and Power of the Universe (redux)

Here is the final English version of a presentation which I gave in Spanish translation at the upcoming IV Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista in Santiago, Chile. The Spanish translation will be posted separately. * * * The Action and Power of the Universe: Operari Sequitur Esse and the Principle of Least Action by John G. Brungardt … Continue reading The Action and Power of the Universe (redux)

God Hidden in Our Midst

David Hume writes: It is acknowledged on all hands ... that the authority, either of the scripture or of tradition, is founded merely in the testimony of the apostles, who were eye-witnesses to those miracles of our Saviour, by which he proved his divine mission. Our evidence, then, for the truth of the Christian religion … Continue reading God Hidden in Our Midst

St. Thomas Paving the Way for Cosmology

The following is a lecture delivered to the Hillsdale Catholic Society, at Hillsdale College, MI, 11 April 2018. I would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Lehman and Samuel Roberts of the Catholic Society for their hospitality on campus, and The Catholic House off-campus for providing me with accommodations during my stay. The lecture was preceded … Continue reading St. Thomas Paving the Way for Cosmology

Accompaniment at the end of life

I would like to congratulate my brother, Rev. Mr. Michael G. Brungardt, on the recent publication of his article, “A Study of Accompaniment at the End of Life,” in The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. Michael was inspired, as were all his siblings, by our father’s work in medicine and bioethics. I look forward to reading more … Continue reading Accompaniment at the end of life