Saturday, March 7, 2015
William Wallace, OP (1918-2015)
Fr. William A. Wallace has died. Wallace was a major figure in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy of nature and philosophy of science, and the author of many important books and academic articles. Still in print are his books The Modeling of Nature: Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Nature in Synthesis (a review of which can be found here), and The Elements of Philosophy: A Compendium for Philosophers and Theologians. Among his many other works are his two-volume historical study Causality and Scientific Explanation, the classic paper “Newtonian Antinomies Against the Prima Via” which appeared in The Thomist in 1956 (and is, unfortunately, difficult to get hold of if you don’t have access to a good academic library), and a collection of some of his essays titled From a Realist Point of View. An interview with Wallace can be found here, and curriculum vitae here. Here is the text of a series of lectures by Wallace on philosophy of nature, and here is a YouTube lecture. Some of Wallace’s articles are among those linked to here. RIP.