"Oh, My Soul, There's Animals and
Note of introduction: The intended audience for this paper
is mainly Catholic graduate students and young Ph.D.’s in philosophy
and theology, though everyone is of course welcom e to read it.
The 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 Catholic
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
for the second Thomistic workshop at Mount Saint Mary College in June
2012, and the whole paper was revised again. I've decided to keep
tinkering with this paper off and on for a while. I need to make
some changes in the section on contemporary philosophy of mind, and I
especially want to say something about Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos, though it will probably take me a while to get around to digesting the book thoroughly enough to comment on it.
"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.
"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,
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" (1990) (An
version of this paper appears as a part of the introductory essay,
"Suarez on Metaphysical Inquiry, Efficient Causality, and Divine
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"