Writings

Book

Nature and Nature’s God: The Scientific and Philosophical Validity of Aquinas’ First Way. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2023. Table of Contents. Order here.

Published Articles/Book Chapters

“Simply Providential: A Thomistic Response to Schmid’s Providential Collapse Argument against Classical Theism.” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Published version. Pre-Publication Version.

“Infinite Regress and the Hume-Edwards-Ockham Objection: A Thomistic Analysis.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 95 (2021). Forthcoming. Request by email. External link.

“Everything in Motion is Put in Motion by Another: A Principle in Aquinas’ First Way.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 92 (2018): 535–61. Winner of the ACPQ’s 2017 Rising Scholar Essay Contest. External link.

“Aquinas on Will, Happiness, & God: The Problem of Love and Aristotle’s Liber de Bona Fortuna.” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 91 (2017): 113–42. External link.

“St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas, and Eudaimonism.” In The Wisdom of Youth: Essays Inspired by the Early Work of Jacques and Raïssa Maritain, edited by Travis Dumsday, 329–43. Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association, 2016. Amazon.

 “On Ultimate Ends: Aquinas’s Thesis that Loving God is Better than Knowing Him.” The Thomist 78 (2014): 581–607. External link.

Reviews

Review of Larry Masek. Intention, Character, and Double Effect. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 95 (2021): 160–64. External link.

Review of David Decosimo. Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014. The Review of Metaphysics 71 (2017): 377–79. External link.

Review of Risto Saarinen. Weakness of Will in Renaissance and Reformation Thought. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. The Review of Metaphysics 67 (2013): 187–89. External link.

Conference Presentations

“Precis to Nature and Nature’s God.” Satellite Panel Discussion at the Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting. Houston, TX. November 18, 2023.

“Response to Houser, Pruss, and Koons.” Satellite Panel Discussion at the Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting. Houston, TX. November 18, 2023. Request by Email.

“Infinite Regress and the Hume-Edwards-Ockham Objection: A Thomistic Analysis.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting. St. Louis, MO, November 19, 2021.

Panel discussion of Lawrence Masek’s Intention, Character, and Double Effect. Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 22, 2019. PDF.

Comments on Thomas McLaughlin, “A Defense of Natural Place in a Contemporary Scientific Context.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 21–24, 2019. PDF. Accompanying handout.

Comments on Alexander R. Pruss, “Counseling Lesser and Proportionate Evils: A Principled Defense.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 9, 2018. PDF.

Comments on Gregory M. Reichberg’s “Restrictive versus Permissive Double Effect: Interpreting Aquinas.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, Dallas, TX, November 18, 2017. PDF. Accompanying handout. Reichberg’s updated paper (external link.)

Comments on Peter Karl Koritansky’s “Is Usury Still a Sin? Thomas Aquinas on the Justice and Injustice of Moneylending.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 5, 2016. PDF. Koritansky’s original paper (external link.)

Comments on John Skalko’s “Catholics and Hugo Grotius’ Definition of Lying: A Critique.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, Boston, MA, October 9, 2015. PDF. Skalko’s updated paper (external link.)

Comments on Lindsay Cleveland’s “A Defense of Aristotelian Magnanimity against the Pride Objection with the Help of Aquinas.” Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, Washington, DC, October 11, 2014. PDF. Cleveland’s updated paper (external link.)

“Aquinas on the Moral Life of the Non-Believer.” American Catholic Philosophical Association Sponsored Satellite Session, Annual American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting, Marina del Ray, CA, November 2, 2012. Request by email.

Translations

John Duns Scotus, Reportatio II-A, d. 12, q. 1-2: Duns Scotus’ most extensive treatment of prime matter. The translation is made from the Wadding edition, as there is no critical edition of Reportatio II. PDF.

William Ockham, Questions on the Books of Aristotle’s Physics, q. 132-34 (complete): Ockham on essentially ordered causes. This translation supplements and fills out the material translated as “The Proof for God’s Existence” in Ockham, Philosophical Writings, ed. Boehner, rev. Brown (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1990). PDF.

St. Bonaventure, Commentary on the Sentences, bk. II, d. 1, p. 1, a. 1, q. 1: Whether the universe is caused in regards to form, or matter, or both. PDF.

Legitimate Use

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