The primacy of the speculative and roots of the modern approach to nature

St. Thomas argues as follows when answering the question whether the practical and speculative intellects are numerically diverse powers: The practical and speculative intellects are not diverse powers. The reason for this is that . . . that which is accidentally related to the ratio [or account] of the object which bears on some power does not … Continue reading The primacy of the speculative and roots of the modern approach to nature

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Conference version of “Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter”

For those who have better things to do than read the 22pp version of my De Koninck abstraction paper, what follows is a slightly edited version of the 15-minute version of the paper which I delivered at the recent III Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista. St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter 1. … Continue reading Conference version of “Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter”

Unreal City

Descartes pines for the ultimate fresh start to human reasoning: Thus also, those ancient cities which, from being at first only villages, have become, in course of time, large towns, are usually but ill laid out compared with the regularity constructed towns which a professional architect has freely planned on an open plain; so that … Continue reading Unreal City

The Shroud of Our Salvation

John Locke complains: I find every sect, as far as reason will help them, make use of it gladly: and where it fails them, they cry out, it is matter of faith, and above reason. And I do not see how they can argue, with any one, or ever convince a gainsayer who makes use … Continue reading The Shroud of Our Salvation

Online first ed. available: “Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy”

Now available via the "online first" section of the ACPQ's website for January 6, 2016, is my article "Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy." The abstract follows: In his early career, Charles De Koninck defended two theses: first, that natural philosophy (understood along Aristotelian-Thomistic lines) and the modern sciences are formally distinct; and … Continue reading Online first ed. available: “Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy”

The words of men and the universe of minds …

Yesterday, I finished revising my dissertation on the natural philosophy of Charles De Koninck. Only the faculty reader-requested comments remain. Deo gratias! In related events, the newest edition of De Koninck's Oeuvres published by Laval Press arrived today. In the book, it was striking to discover a photo of the man that I had never seen before … Continue reading The words of men and the universe of minds …

Dissertation quisquilia: on the universe

How does one define the universe? St. Thomas argues that the universe can be considered under higher lights: for instance, as possessing the good of a unity of order with God as its separate, common good. (See St. Thomas, In Meta., lib. XII, lect. 12, nn. 2629–37.) However, it seems that there are three moments … Continue reading Dissertation quisquilia: on the universe