Porn…and Metaphysics?

By Jon|February 27, 2015|Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

Besides recent events in Chicago, this video has been making rounds on the internet: It’s interesting to see how most people today need and require physical experience or demonstration before believing something, when knowledge about a things nature is a suitable guide. Modern science alone doesn’t give us incorrect data, in fact its quite reliable. But if it is seen as the only way to truth, it will inevitably give us an incomplete

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Feser’s New Book!

By test|April 28, 2014|Education, Philosophy, to be moved|

If you are interested in philosophy and there is one book that you must buy in the coming weeks….it is this it: Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction (Editiones Scholasticae) Feser has done a great job in the past explaining complex concepts and making them accessible. His other book was useful as well: http://www.catholiconnection.com/2012/12/buy-it-and-read-it.html BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!!





Just like the “old days”: Metaphysics Guides Science

By Jon|November 19, 2012|News Commentary, Philosophy|

I know this isn't news to any of the readers of this blog, but I thought it was important to post articles that fit right in with the purpose of my writing here. My emphasis is bold and comments blue Why do I say “Just like the old days”? Well, in the papal encyclical Aeterni Patris, Leo XIII talks about restoring philosophy to its former glory–to the days when philosophy entailed

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The Polarizing of Faith and Reason In A Few Quotes

By Jon|July 9, 2012|Culture, Education, Enlightenment, Faith and Reason, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, Resources|

In the so-called “Enlightenment” the classical view of the world was DIVIDED. Two main movements formed which fed off of each other, leaving us with the intense debate we have today: Fideism (Faith) “Faith must trample under foot all reason, sense, and understanding.”  ―  Martin Luther  Empiricism (Science) (and similar “post metaphysical” theories) “If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does

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The Last Superstition

By Jon|May 3, 2012|Books, Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Higher Education, Modern Philosophy, My PhD Comprehensive Exam Experiment, Philosophy, Theism/Atheism|

Some of you may have heard of the book by Edward Feser called “The Last Superstition”. If you have not read it, read it. It is definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time. Why? I wish the book had been around earlier in my personal journey towards theism and Christianity because it provokes thoughts and analysis of our most unquestioned modern assumptions about the world around us.

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New Book: Gilson – Thomist Realism and Critique of Knowledge

By Jon|March 30, 2012|Education, Enlightenment, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy|

For those of the more academic bent, please consider reading Étienne Gilson' book “Thomist Realism and the Critique of Knowledge” (Réalisme thomiste et critique de la connaissance, Vrin, 1939.). As my friend said, it's “drop everything” good!  Here's a related video: I will try to make shorter more distilled posts on the topic as I read…





Explanation of the Blog’s New “Logo”

By test|March 26, 2012|Fun, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy, to be moved|

From the left: Nietzsche, Marx, Russell, Kant, DescartesFrom the right: G.K. Chesterton, Aquinas, Cicero, C.S. Lewis, Plato I thought I would take the opportunity to explain what my bold modification of Rafael's School of Athens is meant to convey on this blog. There is nothing profound about it really. I did it because I wanted to “update” the painting to our time, instead of Rafael's time–shall we say…”modernise” it? Instead

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Relevant Quote from Cicero

By Jon|March 19, 2012|Education, Philosophy, Quotes|

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature [This must be unpacked];  it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting;  it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.  We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or

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Real Catholic Schools Are the Ones Rising

By test|February 20, 2012|Catholicism, Education, Faith and Reason, Philosophy, to be moved|

From the Cardinal Newman Society: The Faithful Catholic College Boom It’s springtime for faithful Catholic colleges in America, the National Catholic Register is reporting, with an emphasis on those featured in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. For a variety of reasons, many parents are thinking long and hard about where they’re sending the kids to college and because of that, many faithful Catholic colleges are seeing increases in enrollment and a bright

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