|Actus and Potentia: From Philosophy of Nature to Metaphysics (2015). This
is my contribution to the 2015 Aquinas Philosophy Workshop at Mt. St.
Mary College in Newburgh, NY. The theme of the workshop was philosophy
of nature, and it was chock full of good presentations -- by Fr. James
Brent, OP, Bill Carroll, Ed Feser, Mike Gorman, Fr. Michael Dodds, OP,
Chris and Jennifer Frey, Candace Vogler, and John O'Callaghan, along
with a couple of excellent graduate-student presentations by Lindsay
Cleveland and John Rose. Frank Beckwith and Rob Koons made excellent
contributions to the open discussions. This was the fifth of these
annual workshops, and attendance this year was the most ever. We may
have reached our limit. I also got to see briefly Carson Daly, who was
a junior faculty member with me at Notre Dame in the 1980's and is now
president of Mt. St. Mary College.
The Vindication of St. Thomas: Thomism and Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy (2014). This
is my contribution to a July 2014 conference called 'A Dialogue between
Philosophy and Theology', sponsored by the Dominican
School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. My commentator was my
good friend Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, who is also 'featured' in the
paper, along with Ed Feser (who was also there), David Oderberg, and
St. Thomas on the Philosophical Intelligibility and Plausibility of the Doctrine of Divine Providence: Situating Summa Contra Gentiles 3, chap. 64 (2014).
This is a cleaned-up version of a presentation I made at the 2014
Aquinas Philosophy Workshop at Mt. St. Mary's College in Newburgh, NY.
It was preceded (conceptually) by (a) presentations by Fr. James
Brent, OP and Ed Feser on what I call herein the first stage of St.
Thomas's natural theology, i.e., arguments for God's existence,
(b) presentations by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP and Fr. Michael Dodds,
OP on aspects of the second stage of the natural theology, viz., divine
simplicity and immutability, and (c) presentations by Candace
Vogler, Bill Carroll, and Reinhard Huetter on aspects of the third
stage of the natural theology, viz., God's goodness, the act of
creation, and God as final cause of the universe and of each human
being. A good time was had by all.
Introduction to the Problem of Free Will and Divine Causality
(2013). This is an outline of a presentation I made at the
2013 Aquinas Philosophy Workshop in Newburgh, NY. It's been a
long time since I worked on this material, and I don't break any new
ground -- except perhaps for an indication that in my past work on
these topics I wasn't sensitive enough to something that I have since
come to appreciate more fully, viz., the manifold ramifications of the
doctrine of divine transcendence.
My Soul, There's Animals and Animals: Some Thomistic
Reflections on Contemporary Philosophy of Mind (2012, 2014). Note
of introduction: The intended audience for this paper is
Catholic graduate students and young Ph.D.’s in philosophy and
theology, though everyone is of course welcome to read it.
paper was written in three stages. The first version was
delivered in October, 2010 at the Dominican House of Studies in
Washington, D.C. The revised version was delivered at the
inaugural Thomistic workshop at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh,
NY in June 2011. The workshop was co-sponsored by the
and Dominican Institute at Mount Saint Mary College and by The
Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in
Washington. Finally, a new section on reductionism was added
the second Thomistic workshop at Mount Saint Mary College in June 2012,
and the whole paper was revised again. In August 2014 I made
some changes to the first part, which will be
published as "No Room at the Inn: Contemporary Philosophy of Mind Meets
Thomistic Philosophical Anthropology" by the journal Acta Philosophica
(UniversitÓ Santa Croce, Roma).
Father Thomas Joseph White on
Wisdom in the Face of Modernity (2011). This is a
brief comment on Thomas Joseph White, OP's Wisdom in the
Face of Modernity
(Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University, 2009). I gave it at the
of the American Maritain Society in October, 2011.
Christ: Unum vel duo?
Union, and the Incarnation in
St. Thomas (2006): This is an outline of
I gave at the 2006 Summer Thomistic Institute, University of Notre Dame.
Whose Standards of Excellence? Secularity and the Mission of the University
(1999): An earlier version of this paper was presented to a conference
on "Faith and Reason and a University's Stated Purposes," sponsored by
the American Public Philosophy Institute, March 1999. The paper still
needs work, and so comments are welcome.
Comments on Sleigh and Carriero (1997): These are comments
in reply to Robert Sleigh's paper The Scholastic Influences on
Leibniz's Doctrine of Divine Physical Concurrence and John Carriero's
paper Substance and Teleology in Leibniz
on John Jenkins's Intellect, Will, and the Assent of Faith in Thomas
for Revelation: A Primer on Summa Contra Gentles 1,
chaps. 1-9 (1996)
Michael Murray's Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents
and Human Freedom (1993)
Rejection of Ockham's Way Out (1992)
Leftow's Aquinas on Dimensions and Individuation (1991)
Model of Efficient Causality
version of this paper appears as a part of the introductory
essay, Suarez on Metaphysical Inquiry, Efficient Causality, and
Action, in Francisco Suarez, On Creation, Conservation, and
Concurrence: Metaphysical Disputations 20, 21, and 22 (South
Bend, IN: St. Augustine's Press, November 1999).)
on Peter van Inwagen's The Place of Chance in a World Sustained by God