Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Aquinas Workshop

Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY will be hosting the Fifth Annual Philosophy Workshop on the theme “Aquinas and the Philosophy of Nature” from June 4-7.  The speakers will be William Carroll, Fr. James Brent, Alfred Freddoso, Michael Gorman, Jennifer Frey, Edward Feser, Candace Vogler, John O’Callaghan, and Fr. Michael Dodds.  More information here


  1. Edward what would you say is essential reading for a Thomist?

    I mean any Thomist. So they fully understand the following; metaphysics (Aquinas and universals/the four cuases etc. etc.), human cognition (philosophy of mind), epistemology, Thomism versus the later Scholastics (especially Scotus), natural theology, the influences on Thomas Aquinas (Plato, Aristotle Pseudo-Dionysius etc.), contemporary philosophy versus Thomism etc. etc.

    I ask here because the essential reading on the link brought the thought to mind.

  2. Ed has at least one post already on suggested Thomistic readings, but I can't seem to find it now.

  3. That would be the Scholastic's Bookshelf series of posts (posts one to three).

    Speaking of core books does anyone have any opinions on Jan Aertsen's Nature and Creature: Thomas Aquinas's Way of Thought? It was billed as another of these massive modern overviews on Thomas; metaphysics as a whole but has now became so expensive as to leave even C. Martin's bank-breaking tome in its dust.

  4. There's also a fourth one with links to some that are available online.

    Here are all of them.

  5. @Aaron, Daniel, Scott

    Ah yes now I remember that (not that I was reading the blog that far back - but had seen it) although did Edward break it down into topics I listed?

    I actually have a reading list that I should blog of my own at some stage (a synthesis of several academic reading lists). Philosophy students and enthusiasts would find it most helpful, especially if new to the topic. Although I really need to know more about comparative metaphysics with Duns Scotus and Contemporary essential reading.

    Back to the OP and I almost envy you Americans - send us your spare philosophers, we'll give them back, we promise!

  6. @Irish Thomist:

    "[D]id Edward break it down into topics I listed?"

    Can you not find that out by following the link I provided? ;-)

  7. @Scott

    Yes I know I know...

    Although I don't think it was precisely broken down in a heading subject way. I still have to go search, just my being lazy I suppose! As I say I have a list myself but it is of more use to students and people teaching themselves a little. I could skim Feser's list to add a few to my own.

  8. @Scott
    You might get a better idea of why I was asking on Monday. Just writing up my own list (although I have the feeling I've missed something). What Ed has listed will be helpful when I get to the Medieval period.

  9. @Irish Thomist:

    Okay, I'll have a look on Monday and see what you're up to. I have quite a few of the books on Ed's list(s) and I'm sure many others do too, so I expect you can count on some recommendations if you want them.

  10. @Scott

    so I expect you can count on some recommendations if you want them.

    That would certainly be the aim. Also some opinions on how I should slice up the periods in philosophy might be of use. I plan to go through time periods, then schools then areas in philosophy in the series of posts so it can be a good 'go to' resource for anyone considering learning philosophy in university (from a Thomist perspective) or teaching themselves.

  11. @Irish Thomist:

    Good list so far. I posted a couple of suggestions.