Scholarship

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


• Books

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.

• Papers (most recent first)

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 scholarly reviews or other works that have been published online.)

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.

• Forthcoming 

– “Charles De Koninck and the Cosmos of the Natural Sciences.” (forthcoming in the proceedings of the IPC 50 Colloque Charles De Koninck et Maurice Dionne; draft)

– “Operari sequitur esse y el principio de acción mínima.” (under review for publication in the proceedings of the IV Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista; final draft)

– “Is Personal Dignity Possible Only If We Live in a Cosmos?” (forthcoming in The 2018 Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, draft)

– “Is Aristotelian-Thomistic Natural Philosophy Relevant for Cosmology?” (forthcoming at the 2019 ACPA Conference: “A Perennial Philosophy of Nature”—final draft)

• 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:

“What Is the Point of the Philosophy of Nature?”
“St. Thomas Aquinas on the Being and Essence of the Universe”
“St. Thomas Aquinas’s Pre-Modern Physics and the Cosmological Problem of Chance”
“The Unexpectedly Fruitful Truth of Aristotle’s Definition of Motion”
“Our Lady and the Handmaiden of Theology: Philosophy in the Mariology of Charles De Koninck”

Current and future book projects:

My current academic book project is tentatively entitled Searching for the Cosmos: An Essay on the Thomistic Philosophy of Cosmology. It is under a preliminary contract with the Catholic University of America Press. More about the book as the draft develops.

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: read more here.

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.

Translation with notes of Hoenen’s Cosmologia, likewise a long, ongoing project. The results are currently posted here.

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