Academic Writing

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

By taking this as my epigraph here, caveat lector.

• Projects in statu viae:

  • I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC, Santiago, Chile.
  • “Ancient Natural Philosophical Method and Modern Insight into Physical Space”
  • “St. Thomas and the Cosmos: Omnia in Sapientia Fecisti

• Recent Publications and Other Projects:

Dissertation: “The Primum Mobile in the Thomistic Aristotelianism of Charles De Koninck: On Natural Philosophy as Architectonic”

“Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90, no. 1 (2016): 1–24. doi:10.5840/acpq20161570. (link to academia.edu)

“St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter.” Forthcoming in the Proceedings of IIIa Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista; Universidad Santo Tomas, Santiago, Chile, 19–21 July 2016. (link to academia.edu abstract)

“The Chaste Medieval Friar and the Passionate English Bard on the Sexual Revolution.” Forthcoming at the 5th Annual Symposium on the New Evangelization, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, 8–9 April 2016. (abstract; link to conference website; schedule of colloquium sessions)

“The Three Universes of St. Thomas Aquinas.” In the “Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas” Session, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 13, 2016. (link to conference website; link to conference program)

“Contemporary Revivals of the Natural Philosophy of Cosmology.” Presented at the 2015 ACPA Conference, Boston, Mass., 8–11 Oct 2015. (link to academia.edu abstract; link to conference website)

“Whether Personal Freedom and Dignity Exist Only Because of a Common Good.” Presented at the 16th Annual NDCEC Conference, “For Freedom Set Free,” 20 Nov 2015. (link to conference website; link to conference program)

Licentiate thesis:Mobiles, Bodies, and the Science of Quantified Motion.”


• Other and older papers and essays:

~ In answer to the questions, what science studies the intellectual soul? What science studies man as man? A paper given at the 2012 West Coast meeting of the Society for Aristotelian Studies: “The End of Life and Biology as We Know It.

~ A preliminary exposition of St. Thomas’ theory of the passions: “St. Thomas’ Teleology of the Emotions of the Human Person.”

~ On Hobbes’ theory of language and its connection to political philosophy: “Follow What is Common to All: Hobbes, Civil Science, and a Common Wealth of Public Words.”

~ On Kant’s understanding of motion, and certain difficulties for the reality of motion as seen from his “critical” perspective with reference to the continuity of motion: “The Objective Reality and Continuity of Alteration in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.”

~ On the application of the theory of the political common good, using De Koninck’s work on the subject, in the area of jurisprudence: “The Primacy of the Common Good in Jurisprudence.”

~ On Aristotelian logic and its intersection with Euclidean geometry: “Why is the angle inscribed in a semicircle a right angle? An Examination of the Aristotelian Logic of the Middle Term” — Comment: the syllogistic demonstration in this paper is most likely too ornate; it would be better expressed with more emphasis on the power of immediacy in the terms involved. However, time prevents such a revision at the present.

Friedrich - Temple of Juno (detail)