Category: Philosophy

Sheridan contra Aquinas

In what has to be one of the most bizarre entries in the debate over marriage redefinition, Greg Sheridan in ‘Yes to same-sex marriage and to religious freedom’, The Australian, (Sept 6, 2017) enlist Aquinas and Augustine in an amateurish attempt…

Feser on Stroud on the Humean Ghost

Anyone familiar with modern skepticism, whether it relates to skepticism about causation, induction, the objectivity of morality, and the like, will be familiar with the place of Hume in this pantheon, and the shadow he casts, even among philosophers that…

Peter Harrison on The Religious Origins of Modern Science?

This is an excellent critique of the conflict thesis as well as an overview of the currents of thought in the late medieval and early modern period as they are related to the development of modern science. Of particular interest to me was the parallels between early Protestant criticisms of medieval philosophy and religion, and criticisms of later opponents of Christianity, like Condorcet, to today’s new atheists. The lecture was organized by the Lumen Christi Institute.


Moral Relativism is Incoherent

In a recent post, James Chastek reminded me of Paul Boghossian’s excellent argument denying the coherence of moral relativism. You can read Boghossian’s argument here or listen to him here. The argument, simply put, is that attempts to relativize morality in fact…

Melissa Moschella on ‘Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters’

This presentation by Dr. Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, is the last of three given as a part of a panel discussion on the new book Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters by Dr. Patrick Lee and Dr. Robert George.The panel was sponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In this presentation, Dr. Moschella addresses marriage and the law in the light of the philosophical argument presented in Conjugal Union.

Robert Koons on ‘The Waning of Materialism’

In this lecture,  Dr. Robert Koons, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, author of Realism Regained (2000) and Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality (2009), and co-editor of The Waning of Materialism (2010), and most recently co-author of Metaphysics: The Fundamentals (2015) explores the many philosophical and scientific problems that materialism has encountered from the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the irreducibility of life, the fine-tuning of the universe or life, the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, the problem of intentionality in thought, and irreducibility of the normative dimension of life. The lecture was delivered on January 22, 2014 at Texas Tech University.

Angela Knobel on ‘Human Rights’

This is the third of six talks on the social and political philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas, presented by the Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College this June, at the Sixth Annual Philosophy Workshop. It follows on the heels of the first…