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

• Published papers 

Some are not available for download; if so, please contact me for a personal copy.

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 article online 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.

• Forthcoming papers 

– “Review of Creative Nature (Naturaleza Creativa, Rialp, 2018).” (in three parts, co-authored with Geoffrey Woollard; forthcoming in Scientia et Fides)

– “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)

– “A Thomistic Reply to Grünbaum’s Critique of Maritain on the Reality of Space.” (forthcoming in the 2018 Proceedings of the American Maritain Association, final draft)

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

– “Is Thomistic Natural Philosophy Relevant for Cosmology?” (under review)

– “World Enough and Power: A Neo-Aristotelian Ontology for the Principle of Least Action” (in preparation)

– “The Being and Essence of the Universe” (in preparation)

• 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 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:

A book project name, currently called “The Cosmos Book,” but that will not be its official title. In the future, I have plans for books about the Thomistic-Aristotelian philosophy of nature and science (all titles are “project names”): The Philosopher’s Road and The Stagirite Learns Modern Physics. Further out, and requiring greater preparation, is a book about the history and philosophical importance of Thomistic philosophy of nature, Neo-Thomistic Cosmologies: An Apologia for Scholastic Philosophy’s Problem Child.

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 publishers.

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 appendices of Fr. Édouard Hugon, O.P., Marie pleine de grâce (Paris: P. Lethielleux, 1926) for Cluny Media, The Thomist Tradition Series (hopefully, to be released later in 2018! 2019?).

Friedrich - Temple of Juno (detail)

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