Monday, April 27, 2015
Here’s a postscript, in two parts, to my recent critique in Public Discourse of David Bentley Hart’s case for there being animals in heaven. In this first part, I discuss in more detail than I did in the original article Donald Davidson’s arguments for denying that animals can think or reason in the strict sense. (This material was originally supposed to appear in the Public Discourse article, but the article was overlong and it had to be removed.) In the second part, I will address some of the response to the Public Discourse article. Needless to say, those who haven’t yet read the Public Discourse article are urged to do so before reading what follows, since what I have to say here presupposes what I said there.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Two new reviews of Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. First, in the Spring 2015 issue of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Prof. Patrick Toner (pictured at left) kindly reviews the book. From the review:
This is an excellent little survey of scholastic metaphysics, written more or less from the perspective of “analytic Thomism”…
The refutation of scientism is elegant and thoroughly successful…
Feser explains the rationale behind [the] principle [of causality], distinguishes it from the Principle of Sufficient Reason, and defends it against many objections, including a standard from Hume, as well as more recent worries, from Newton, and from quantum mechanics. Very useful material.
Monday, April 13, 2015
This past Saturday, I gave the Princeton Anscombe Society’s 10th Anniversary Lecture, on the subject “Natural Law and the Foundations of Sexual Ethics.” Prof. Robert George was the moderator. The Daily Princetonian covered the event, and the Anscombe Society has posted some pictures. Video of the lecture has also been posted at YouTube.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
In the April issue of First Things, David Bentley Hart takes Thomists to task for denying that some non-human animals posses “irreducibly personal” characteristics, that they exhibit “certain rational skills,” and that Heaven will be “positively teeming with fauna.” I respond at Public Discourse, in “David Bentley Hart Jumps the Shark: Why Animals Don’t Go to Heaven.”
Friday, April 3, 2015
What is proclaimed and practiced as tolerance today, is in many of its most effective manifestations serving the cause of oppression.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken