For those interested in intellectual freedom, academic freedom, and the Catholic university, I joined Dr. Kevin Clarke on the Sed Contra podcast recently: “Truth, Freedom, and the Catholic University.” We discuss the Land O’Lakes document, definitions of intellectual freedom and academic freedom, as well as the relationship between the university and Catholic theology.
On the primary election of August 2, 2022, Kansans will be presented with a ballot question about the constitutional amendment measure Value Them Both. It is unlikely, but possible, that anyone taking the time to read this is unsure about how they will vote. It is unlikely that readers are unfamiliar with arguments for and … Continue reading Why Vote “Yes” on the Value Them Both Amendment?
El Centro de Cultura y Vida Cristiana de la Universidad Gabriela Mistral invita a esta presentación en formato online del libro "La Existencia de Dios: Un diálogo entre la Cosmología y la Filosofía Tomista”, de autoría de John G. Brungardt. Participan en el evento como presentador Carlos Augusto Casanova, y como moderador Pablo Maillet, coordinador … Continue reading Presentación online del libro
Some thoughts inspired by reflecting on the recent draft of an America after Roe and Casey. My town, after all, has a history with this issue. And the “Value Them Both” amendment for the state of Kansas will soon be voted for (August 2, 2022), hopefully to a resounding success, correcting the erroneous judgment in … Continue reading The Ends in the Ending of Abortion
I’m happy to announce that a small book has finally seen the light, based upon a course given in 2019 at the University of Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile. I thank my friend Pablo Maillet most heartily for the work he has put into this work as its editor—especially in smoothing over the various infelicities of … Continue reading Libro recién publicado / Recent book publication
The tomb of Boethius in Pavia, Italy (photo credit, D. Gallorto; WikiMedia) At a key juncture in his Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius ask Lady Philosophy a certain pressing question that has arisen to the forefront of his mind. Lady Philosophy responds that Boethius is asking about a tangential matter, something of a side issue. Here … Continue reading Boethius’s tangent
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
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