A Perennial Philosophy of Nature

Just posted at the website of the American Catholic Philosophical Association is the program of the upcoming November meeting. “A Perennial Philosophy of Nature” is the theme. This topic in general is one which is both important and yet overlooked and misunderstood today. Usually, “natural philosophy” is either thought to be merely an old name … Continue reading A Perennial Philosophy of Nature

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Forthcoming paper at the ACPA

A paper of mine, “Is Aristotelian-Thomistic Natural Philosophy Still Relevant to Cosmology?” has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming 2019 conference of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. The meeting’s theme is “A Perennial Philosophy of Nature.” You can download the presentation draft of the paper here. The paper’s abstract: Do advances in the natural … Continue reading Forthcoming paper at the ACPA

Can Aquinas’ Cosmos Still Be Our Cosmos?

When returning to learn from the great thinkers of the past, especially with an eye for what they can contribute to our discernment of what the modern age claims as true or to be believed, a balance must be struck so that, on the one hand, the truth from prior ages is not so emaciated … Continue reading Can Aquinas’ Cosmos Still Be Our Cosmos?

First part of review essay published

Just out in the journal Scientia et Fides is the first part of a three-part review essay, which I coauthored with Geoffrey Woollard, of Naturaleza creativa. The abstract of this first installment follows: The short monograph Creative Nature (Francisco Javier Novo, Rubén Pereda, and Javier Sánchez -Cañizares. 2018. Naturaleza Creativa. Madrid: Rialp. ISBN: 978-84-321-4916-0. 196 pp. Paperback, €14.25) is … Continue reading First part of review essay published

A Natural Philosopher’s Lament

Over at Public Discourse is a new essay of mine, “A Natural Philosopher’s Lament.” An excerpt from the essay: There already exists a tradition of natural philosophy, originating with Aristotle and his medieval commentators. Just as a Thomistic natural law theory still defends the fundamental knowledge about which a wide-ranging tradition of jurisprudence and constitutional law has … Continue reading A Natural Philosopher’s Lament

Chilean philosophy course comes to a close …

Thanks to the good folks at Universidad Gabriela Mistral, and my good friend Pablo Maillet, my short extension course, a series of lectures on “God and Philosophy,” came to a successful close this week. A short description and news story from UGM can be found here. The Spanish text reads: Yesterday saw the successful conclusion … Continue reading Chilean philosophy course comes to a close …

Scholastic “cosmologies”

The long history of the Thomist revival and its various idiosyncrasies is difficult going. Part of my research focuses upon the fruits of the tradition of scholastic “cosmology,” which nowadays we call the philosophy of nature. A new page collects and makes available some resources as part of that ongoing project. Currently available is a … Continue reading Scholastic “cosmologies”