Category Archives: Personal

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

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

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

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

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American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting 2016

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

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“Enlightened” Philosophy in Paris

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

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Beginning in Houston

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

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A Better Part Of Chicago – Cantius

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

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Latin Summer 2015 (Aestiva Milvauchiae Latinitas MMXV)

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

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Reflections in the Eternal City

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

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