New essay: The CRISPR Conundrum

Over at Arc Digital, a new essay of mine about CRISPR. An excerpt: The Cartesian project of the mastery and possession of nature—now embodied by CRISPR—would recognize no boundaries of a Stoic “Nature.” The prospect of vast amounts of money to be earned and power to be gained from procuring and selling CRISPR technology impels many … Continue reading New essay: The CRISPR Conundrum

New essay on CRISPR

Over at Crisis Magazine, a new essay on gene editing and CRISPR. An excerpt: There is no single “switch” for a higher IQ. Relationships between individual genes are “epistatic,” that is, “the effect of one gene . . . is dependent on the presence of one or more ‘modifier genes’.” Furthermore, Kozubek adds, the expression of … Continue reading New essay on CRISPR

Essay at Thomistica.net

Recently published at Thomistica.net is an essay of mine, “Some Mistakes Due to What Is Per Accidens.” The essay discusses four philosophical mistakes when what is per accidens is taken to be what is actually per se to something. This logical error was discussed with lucidity by Dr. Duane Berquist in his lectures on logic, and hence I … Continue reading Essay at Thomistica.net

Seeing, Choosing, and Pro-Life Arguments

Recently published at Crisis Magazine is a philosophical reflection of mine on arguments for and against abortion in our culture. An excerpt: As the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre argued nearly forty years ago, our public debates about abortion rest upon conceptually incommensurable premises. That is, we accept no common ground by which to measure or compare the truth … Continue reading Seeing, Choosing, and Pro-Life Arguments

The Principle of Least Action (Chile)

The following presentation is another entry in my attempts to understand the principle of least action from a Neo-Aristotelian perspective. It was presented at First Chilean Conference on the Philosophy of Physics. In the presentation, I engage the views of Vladislav Terekhovich and Vassilis Livanios, who have both provided keen counterpoints to dispositionalist approaches to … Continue reading The Principle of Least Action (Chile)

The Principle of Least Action at the ACPA

The following is a presentation given at the recent meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. It is a part of an ongoing project on the principle of least action, and this version will be incorporated in some manner in a longer paper, hopefully by the end of this year. Comments are most welcome.   … Continue reading The Principle of Least Action at the ACPA

World enough and form

The following is the abstract from an essay of mine recently submitted for review. If you would like a personal copy of the final draft, please contact me. I’d love to hear your thoughts. This essay proposes a comprehensive blueprint for the hylomorphic foundations of cosmology. The key philosophical explananda in cosmology are those dealing … Continue reading World enough and form

Ah, to Live in a Cosmos Again!

The folks over at Church Life Journal at the University of Notre Dame are publishing a special series during September on the relationship between science and religion. The series especially focuses on “the demise of the conflictual model of science and religion.” All of the posts in the series can be found through this link, and my … Continue reading Ah, to Live in a Cosmos Again!

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

¿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?