Rockhurst University
  • The Emissary, Act Three
    with Gabriel Marcel and Maria Traub
    Journal of Continental Philosophy 1 (2): 318-344. 2020.
    Act Three of Gabriel Marcel’s play, The Emissary, is presented here in English for the first time. The introductory essay introduces Marcel and several of his best known themes, especially the distinctions between problem and mystery, and primary and secondary reflection. Focusing on the relationship between experience and conceptual knowledge, it discusses Marcel’s attempt to argue philosophically for a return to ordinary experience. The role of drama and art in the recovery of the realm of mys…Read more
  • Advice for Scientists on the Subject of Ethics
    Ethics and Medics 43 (3): 1-2. 2018.
    Advances in technology have not only given rise to many important questions in bioethics but have also made the whole subject something of an ethical minefield. Bioethics now involves practices that give rise to ethical dilemmas in such diverse fields as medicine, biology, and even physics and chemistry. The success and future potential of scientific research in bioethics has contributed to the growing perception that science has a kind of hegemony over modern life, and this brings with it a tem…Read more
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    Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics by J. Benjamin Hurlbut
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 20 (1): 191-194. 2020.
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    Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (edited book)
    with R. Douglas Geivett
    Oxford University Press. 1992.
    This unique textbook--the first to offer balanced, comprehensive coverage of all major perspectives on the rational justification of religious belief--includes twenty-four key papers by some of the world's leading philosophers of religion. Arranged in six sections, each representing a major approach to religious epistemology, the book begins with papers by noted atheists, setting the stage for the main theistic responses--Wittgensteinian Fideism, Reformed epistemology, natural theology, prudenti…Read more
  • Reason, Revelation, and Devotion: Inference and Argument in Religion (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 72 (1). 2018.
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    Gabriel Marcel and the Problem of Knowledge
    Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy 7 (1-2): 148-163. 2010.
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    Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science
    Philosophical Quarterly 69 (276): 653-656. 2019.
    Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science. By Ruse Michael.
  • Religion and the Obligations of Citizenship
    Philosophia Christi 7 (1): 221-227. 2005.
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    Religious Commitment and Secular Reason
    Philosophia Christi 6 (1): 163-168. 2004.
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    D. Z. Phillips on Christian Belief, Immortality, and Resurrection
    Philosophia Christi 16 (1): 57-80. 2014.
    This paper is a critical reflection and response to the religious fideism of D. Z. Phillips, and especially to recent attempts to defend this fideism. Over the course of his career, Phillips argued for a number of interesting but quite dramatic theses about religious belief, including the claim that what is sometimes called the propositional nature of religious belief is frequently misunderstood by philosophers, and that this misunderstanding involves a distortion of what religious believers are…Read more
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia: Supplement 2012-2013: Ethics and Philosophy (edited book)
    with Robert L. Fastiggi, Joseph W. Koterski, Trevor Lipscombe, and Javier González De Prado Salas
    Gale. 2013.
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    Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles: A Guide and Commentary. By Brian Davies
    International Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2): 232-234. 2018.
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    Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA, by William Dembski and Michael Ruse
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 5 (2): 423-425. 2005.
  • This is a study of Marcel's valuable and unique contribution to contemporary epistemology, which originated out of his existentialist critique of traditional Cartesian philosophy. Marcel argues that Descartes conceives the self as a discrete entity, distinct from the body, which "looks out" upon the external world, and apprehends it by means of clear and distinct ideas, ideas which can be understood without reference to the world. This view motivated Descartes's epistemological project, and the …Read more
  • Thine Own Self: Individuality in Edith Stein’s Later Writings (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4): 523-526. 2010.
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    Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military. Edited by Bradley Jay Strawser (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 57 (1): 99-102. 2017.
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    Dishonest to God: On Keeping Religion out of Politics. By Mary Warnock
    Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253): 846-848. 2013.
    © 2013 The Editors of The Philosophical QuarterlyMary Warnock's book is an attempt to address in a short space a large theme: ‘some aspects of the role of religion, and therefore the idea of God, in the twenty‐first century, as it relates to legislation and politics’. Along the way she raises many subsidiary themes, including the historical influence of religion on the law, the tension between religion and liberalism, the difficulty of providing a philosophical foundation for secularist ethics, …Read more
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    Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae: Critical Essays (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3): 403-406. 2008.
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    Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 9 (3): 607-610. 2009.
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    The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 7 (3): 625-627. 2007.
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    Four Common Confusions about Religion and Evolution
    The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 3 (3): 479-485. 2003.
  • Book Review (review)
    Philosophia Christi 7 (1): 221-226. 2005.
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    Postmodernism, Derrida, and Différance: A Critique
    International Philosophical Quarterly 39 (1): 5-18. 1999.
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    Adorno’s Positive Dialectic (review)
    International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (3): 443-445. 2004.
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    Presents a convincing argument as to why religion should be mixed with politics, ascertaining that certain religious beliefs should be made public and ...
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    Lyotard, Postmodernism, and Religion
    Philosophia Christi 7 (1): 141-156. 2005.