Why Study Metaphysics?

The following is from the introduction I give in my metaphysics course, last taught at the University of St. Thomas (TX) in Spring of 2016.  It explains the germ of my Thomism as well as my rejection of modernism... in terms of metaphysics, at least. -- There are few topics which seem more unsuited to … Continue reading Why Study Metaphysics?

Pride and the Ability to Change

...quia quod quis vehementer desiderat, facile credit. The other day, I saw retweeted into my Twitter timeline an old post on NYMag.com, claiming that with the help of a therapist, anyone can change his or her personality.  Ignoring from the eyeroll-inducing shilling for the psychiatric profession, the article made me think: how popular is the belief … Continue reading Pride and the Ability to Change

Semiotics and Science

Although not yet a widely understood field, semiotics--defined briefly as the study of the action of signs--is beginning to make a name for itself; in Europe, at least.  In my experience so far in the United States, most people outside of a limited circle who know something of "semiotics" know what is in fact semiology, … Continue reading Semiotics and Science

An excerpt from Ens Primum Cognitum

Below are the first five or so pages of my recently published dissertation, Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition (Brill: Boston, 2017).  This passage explains, in brief, what the book is about and why I wrote it.  I hope it does not sound too presumptuous to say that my intent, and my interpretation … Continue reading An excerpt from Ens Primum Cognitum