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

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Prometheus and the age of freedom

In dark times, when all seems lost or hopelessly confused, we should turn to ultimate things and ultimate principles. They are the reason why we can recognize the transient for what it is. The philosopher's attitude should be submissive to Catholic belief as well—we should pray and contemplate before acting. We should practice abandonment to … Continue reading Prometheus and the age of freedom

Laudato Si’, the Natural Philosopher, and the Common Good

Leslie Armour notes that Charles De Koninck was writing before "ecology" had become a catch word, before anyone had thought of "green parties" and before the contemporary animal rights movements had caught the popular imagination. But he had devoted much of his life to the philosophy of science, and he feared that a growing movement toward … Continue reading Laudato Si’, the Natural Philosopher, and the Common Good

Street-Level Scientism

Comments are welcome on these initial thoughts concerning everyday scientism. An excerpt: If science cannot be the only type of certain knowledge, why is it so commonly taken to be such? This disposition to accept science, without discretion, as the sole or ruling source of knowledge is a common malaise. It is street-level scientism. Street-level … Continue reading Street-Level Scientism