Alfred J. Freddoso
Professor of Philosophy
John and Jean Oesterle Professor of Thomistic Studies
University of Notre Dame

Books Papers and Reviews Unpublished Philosophical Pieces Unpublished Philosophical Translations

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 Lawrence Feingold.

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. 

"Oh, My Soul, There's Animals and Animals" (2012).  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 welcome 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 Aquinas Philosophy 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 Aquinas Philosophy 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 annual meeting of the American Maritain Society in October, 2011. 

"Christ:  Unum vel duo?  Esse, Union, and the Incarnation in St. Thomas" (2006):  This is an outline of a presentation I gave at the 2006 Summer Thomistic Institute, University of Notre Dame.

"Comments on Sleigh and Carriero"
(1997): These are comments I gave 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"

Comment on John Jenkins's "Intellect, Will, and the Assent of Faith in Thomas Aquinas"(1996)

"The Necessity for Revelation: A Primer on Summa Contra Gentles 1, chaps. 1-9"(1996)

Comment on Michael Murray's "Leibniz on Divine Foreknowledge of Future Contingents and Human Freedom" (1993)

"St. Thomas's Rejection of Ockham's Way Out" (1992)

Comment on Brian Leftow's "Aquinas on Dimensions and Individuation" (1991)

"A Suarezian Model of Efficient Causality" (1990)  (An extensively revised 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).

Comment on Peter van Inwagen's "The Place of Chance in a World Sustained by God" (1987)