St. Thomas, at an age [of 49], decided to stop writing, saying that what he had written was no better than straw. As a disciple of St. Thomas, I would have to describe my writings as secondhand straw. And we know that calls for a shovel.
~ R. McInerny
1. [As Translator] Édouard Hugon, O.P. Mary, Full of Grace (Providence, RI: Cluny Media, 2019); editing and translation, with authored appendices, of Marie pleine de grâce (Paris: P. Lethielleux, 1926). Available from Cluny Media, The Thomist Tradition Series and Amazon.
Some are not available for download; if so, please contact me for a personal copy.
4. “A Thomistic Reply to Grünbaum’s Critique of Maritain on the Reality of Space.” In Facts Are Stubborn Things: Thomistic Perspectives in the Philosophies of Nature and Science, edited by Matthew Minerd. Washington, DC: American Maritain Association, 2020. (volume of the 2018 Proceedings of the American Maritain Association, final draft)
3. “World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism.” Online first in Synthese, 2019; part of the special issue, “Form, Structure, and Hylomorphism,” guest-edited by Anna Marmodoro and Michele Paolini Paoletti. First online 6 February 2019. (journal’s online first page; read the pre-print here)
2. “St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter.” In Cognoscens in Actu Est Ipsum Cognitum in Actu: Sobre Los Tipos y Grados de Conocimiento, edited by Carlos Augusto Casanova G. and Ignacio Serrano del Pozo, 433–471. Santiago: RIL Editores, 2018. (Buy the book here)
1. “Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90, no. 1 (2016): 1–24. doi:10.5840/acpq20161570.
• Reviews and other scholarly essays
(See the “Essays & Lectures” page for more.)
1. Co-authored with Geoffrey Woollard, “Review of Naturaleza Creativa.” Scientia et Fides 7, no. 1 (2019): 247–267. http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2019.012. (first part)
2. Co-authored with Geoffrey Woollard, “Review of Creative Nature (Part 2).” Scientia et Fides 8, no. 1 (2020). https://doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2020.011.
• My Research
My research focuses on the Thomistic-Aristotelian philosophy of nature. This includes not just its historical sources and development, but much more importantly, its contemporary relevance and perennial theoretic structure. I am currently developing a book that defends a contemporary, Thomistic philosophy of cosmology. Future projects in development aim to explore the perennial nexus between the general philosophy of nature and the development and discovery of the principles of the particular natural sciences (current title: The Philosopher’s Road), as well as The Stagirite and Angelic Doctor Learn Modern Physics—somewhat in the vein of Kurt Riezler’s long out-of-print Physics and Reality, but with greater systematic aspirations—concerned with discovering what organic connections exist between the perennial core of Thomistic-Aristotelian natural philosophy and modern mathematical physics.
During 2017–2019, at the Instituto de Filosofía at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, and the supervision of Prof. José Tomás Alvarado, I conducted wide-ranging postdoctoral research in the philosophy of cosmology. My project focused, however, on understanding the tradition of the Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy of nature and attempting to map out a philosophy of cosmology drawing on that tradition. My project was funded by CONICYT-FONDECYT, Postdoctoral Project No. 3170446.
For my dissertation, see this page.
• Projects in statu viae:
“World Enough and Power: A Neo-Aristotelian Ontology for the Principle of Least Action”
“The Being and Essence of the Universe”
La filosofía de Dios: La sabiduría de Santo Tomás antes de los desafíos modernos
“Aristotle’s Road and Modern Science in Action”
“Aristotle’s Physical Continuum”
• Current and future book projects:
My current academic book project is called “The Cosmos Book,” but that will not be its final title. It is under a preliminary contract with the Catholic University of America Press. Future books are planned about the Thomistic-Aristotelian philosophy of nature and science: The Philosopher’s Road and The Stagirite Learns Modern Physics, as well as a book about the history and philosophical importance of Thomistic philosophy of nature, or Neo-Thomistic Cosmologies.
• I am also working on some translations:
Translation of Juan Eduardo Carreño, La filosofía tomista ante el hecho de la evolución del viviente corpóreo: Consideraciones metodológicas y conceptuales para una integracíon, Colección del Centro de Estudios Tomistas (Providencia, Chile: RIL Editores, 2017). The key, third chapter of this book has been finished, and the author and I are looking for a full-time translator and publisher.
Translation with notes and appendices of John Poinsot, Cursus Philosophicus Thomisticus, Volumen II: Physica, Pars I, ed. Beatus Reiser (Taurini: Marietti, 1930). This project will be long and ongoing, with the results posted here.