North America’s Only Thomistic PhD Program is Under Threat of Closure (UPDATED)

By Jon|May 17, 2017|Personal|

Two years ago I posted that I would be leaving Chicago for Houston to attend this program. Now the broader university to which it belongs wants to close North America’s only center for Thomistic studies, basically because it wants to spend money elsewhere. Each year, fewer and fewer students are accepted – not because of lack of interest – but because funding is being repurposed. The school is moving in the direction that

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Socrates As Management Consultant? Why Executives Are Embracing Philosophy – Worldcrunch

By Jon|January 20, 2017|Personal|

Since 2004, the University of Fribourg has been offering a “philosophical retreat for executive staff” to some 15 candidates, aged between 40 and 50. “Before they came here, a lot of participants had had ‘toolbox training’ and were satisfied, but they were missing the question of the meaning of their actions,” explains Bernard Schumacher, the course instructor. In the end, philosophy doesn’t offer answers, only questions. Via worldcrunch.com  





American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting 2016

By Jon|November 7, 2016|Personal|

On November 3-6, 2016 I delivered a paper in San Francisco again on the topic of custom. This was for the American Catholic Philosophical Association meeting on the topic of justice. The highlight for me was to hear Father James Schall, SJ speak about virtue. Much of the new liberal agenda isn’t really about freedom, and individual “rights.” (I’m not really a fan of the rights-speak anyways). But as Fr.

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“Enlightened” Philosophy in Paris

By Jon|June 27, 2016|Personal, Philosophy, Travels|

  What you see in the photo above and below is the Pantheon, originally the church of St. Genevieve, the patroness of Paris. In the French Revolution, it was gutted and made into a temple of Reason, that is, a symbol of the new patroness of Paris, who rejected religion as superstition and envisioned humanity itself as the purpose of its existence – aided by science – and redefined as modern science.

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Beginning in Houston

By Jon|September 17, 2015|Personal|

Its been nearly four weeks since arriving in Houston and I consider myself ‘settled in’ as you might say. That’s me in the chair… Well maybe not that settled in but I took the picture at your local watering hole. Let’s get the smalltalk out of the way – to all those who complain about the heat without even being here or who were telling me I was going to die

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A Better Part Of Chicago – Cantius

By Jon|August 5, 2015|Personal|

Having lived in Chicago for four years now, I can honestly say after all the bars and beaches, festivals and forest preserves, ethnic cuisine and enthusiastic government workers that my favorite place is Saint John Cantius Church. I heard about the parish when I was a freshman at Franciscan University and thought, “If I ever move to Chicago, I know where I’ll be going to Mass.” It turned out to

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Latin Summer 2015 (Aestiva Milvauchiae Latinitas MMXV)

By Jon|July 17, 2015|Language, Personal|

So what am I up to these days before heading down to Texas? Not that any of you caaaare… but I’ve been spending most of my time with a one-of-a-kind fellow named Reginald Foster – studying Latin. He has a unique style that is geared less towards grammatical explanations and more towards speaking, reading and writing the language from 12-8pm six days a week. Here’s a bit more about him: The

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I’m Moving To Houston – Starting at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Fall 2015

By Jon|May 27, 2015|Education, Personal|

In April of this year I was accepted to pursue doctoral studies at the only school I wanted to attend – The Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, USA. I looked into the Angelicum (Rome), Leuven (Belgium) and others, but this program is one-of-a-kind uniquely focused in St. Thomas Aquinas – so I’m picking up where my interests left off in studies at Franciscan with the goal of teaching in a university.

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Reflections in the Eternal City

By Jon|January 16, 2015|Personal|

This past month I was lucky enough to head to Rome for a 5th time, but this time I had the privilege to go with my family on vacation. I decided I would share a few reflections from the journey in hopes that the eternal city may come to mean more for you as well, though I know some readers already live there. This is the first time I’ve taken the

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