Popularization of Aquinas: Matt Fradd

In the West, apart from academic studies on Aquinas, it is rather easy to find also more popular introductions to his works. They are destined for those who maybe are not so familiar with philosophy and theology, but nevertheless wish to get to know and understand at least main frames of St. Thomas’ thought. Among the people who are involved in such popularization of Aquinas is Matt Fradd — a Catholic writer and motivational speaker, a philosopher by training. Recently

Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors

The Catholic University of America Press has recently published a book by Leo Elders S.V.D. Thomas Aquinas and His Predecessors: The Philosophers and the Church Fathers in His Works (Washington 2018; table of contents and parts of the book may be found at Google Books). It is an English translation of the book Thomas d’Aquin et ses prédécesseurs. La présence des grands philosophes et Pères de l’Église dans les oeuvres de Thomas d’Aquin (Paris: Les Presses Universitaires de l’IPC 2015).

New Issue of “Nova et Vetera” (ENG): the Infused Knowledge of Christ

A new issue of “Nova et Vetera” (vol. 16, no 2) has just been published. We recommend especially an article by Leo Elders S.V.D. (Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas) on Thomas’ approach to the virtue of temperance (St. Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Temperance and Aristotle), as well as a mini-section on the infused knowledge of Christ as seen from the Thomistic perspective, comprising two papers: Is There Still a Place For Christ’s Infused Knowledge in Catholic Theology and Exegesis?

Audio from the Conference “On Cooperation from Evil”

On the SoundCloud of the Thomistic Institute you may find recordings from the conference On Cooperation with Evil, which took place on March 16th-17th at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington. The lecturers included, among others, Edward Feser (Pasadena City College), Ezra Sullivan O.P. (PUST Angelicum) and Andrew McLean Cummings. The lectures were given mainly from the Thomistic point of view and concerned e.g. a question of cooperation with evil as erosion of prudence (Aquinas stated that this virtue

Mini-course on Aquinas by prof. Peter Kreeft – only until May 1st!

The King’s College – a Christian college based in New York – shared a free online mini-course by prof. Peter Kreeft, entitled A Sample of Key Concepts from Thomas Aquinas. The course comprises three parts, concerning Aquinas’ approach to 1) a relationship between faith and reason; 2) the existence of God and the problem of evil; 3) the nature of God and His creation. Each part is accompanied by bibliographical tips (referring to basic works by Peter Kreeft), a video

“Le Projet Aquinas” – Interviews with outstanding Thomistis

We highly recommend you to check a Youtube canal by Le projet Aquinas, where you can find series of short interviews with leading Thomists, such as Gilles Emery O.P., Jean-Pierre Torrell O.P., Michael Sherwin O.P.,  Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole O.P., Serge-Thomas Bonino O.P. or Dominic Legge O.P. The interviewers discuss not only their personal encounter with Aquinas’ thought but above all present main threads of his teaching and analyse individual questions and articles from Summa Theologiae. The project, according to

New Issue of “New Blackfriars”

The latest issue of „New Blackfriars” – an academic journal issued by the English Province of the Order of Preachers and John Wiley & Sons – has been recently published. The issue for May 2018 contains, among others, such articles as The Role of Non‐Human Exemplars in Aquinas by Adam M. Willows (University of Notre Dame) and Analogy in Thomas Aquinas and Ludwig Wittgenstein. A comparison by Frank Drescher, as well as the reviews of books: Soundings in the History

Conference „The Insides of Nature”

The Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa organizes an international conference The Insides of Nature. Causalities, Causal Processes and Conceptions of Nature, that will take place from 10th to 12th September 2018 in Braga. The main topic of the conference will be a philosophy of nature, with a special focus on the issue of causality. The Program Committee includes among others the Dominicans: fr. prof. Michael Dodds, O.P. (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley)

New Volume of “Nova et Vetera” (U.S.)

The latest, 16th volume of the English edition of “Nova et Vetera” was published. This issue is devoted to such questions as the ethics and theology of marriage, theological anthropology, as well as personalistic and anthropological motives in the thought of Karol Wojtyła. However, the volume contains also strictly Thomistic papers, e.g. those concerning Aquinas’ approach to capital vices or his doctrine of leisure. A full table of contents and the articles’ excerpts may be found at Project Muse.

Arguments for the Existence of God – Best Books on the Topic

A British website Five Books published an interview with Edward Feser – one of the leading American historians of philosophy – on the five books he considers the best in the field of arguments for the existence of God. Three of the books indicated by Feser are directly connected with Thomas Aquinas. These are: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Questions on God, eds. B. Davies, B. Leftow, Cambridge University Press 2006; B. Davies, The Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Clarendon Press 1993; G.