What is a Thomist?

Jörgen Vijgen, in a wonderful essay over at Thomistica, answers the age-old Thomistic question about what it means to be a Thomist. He attempts (successfully) to harmonize the “doctrinal” approach to Thomism and the “methodological” approach through the “moral” or “psychological” approach, which he finds in the five “marks” or signs of a Thomist. This … Continue reading What is a Thomist?

Is mobile being the formal object of natural philosophy?

Now available is an updated version of my ongoing translation project of John of St. Thomas’s Cursus Philosophicus. The new edition adds Q. 1, A. 1, which considers whether mobile being is the formal object of Philosophy (i.e., natural philosophy). This article serves, in most respects, as an extended commentary on the truth of a single sentence … Continue reading Is mobile being the formal object of natural philosophy?

Review of a new edition of a work by John of St. Thomas

Cluny Media has recently reprinted the 1951 Sheed & Ward edition of John of St. Thomas' The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, translated by Fr. Walter Farrell, O.P., with a new introduction by Fr. Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., written especially for this reprint. The editor-in-chief, John Clarke, provided me with a copy of the book, and what follows … Continue reading Review of a new edition of a work by John of St. Thomas