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    Mercy Beyond Justice: The Tradedy of Shylock and Antonio
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 90 31-53. 2016.
    Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice provides a dramatic setting for thinking about the relationship of mercy to justice, a topic of great concern to contemporary ethical and political thought. Traditionally classified as among Shakespeare’s comedies, the play can also be analyzed as a tragedy in which Shylock is the protagonist. The tragedy is driven by the relatively weak conception of mercy in relationship to justice that informs Portia’s famous soliloquy “the quality of mercy.... ” The mercy she…Read more
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    The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body, and World
    Review of Metaphysics 54 (3): 678-679. 2001.
    This work consists of two lecture series and two appendices broadly critical of analytic philosophy of mind, epistemology, and metaphysics. Despite the diversity of pieces, it is a good book and enjoyable to read. The overarching theme is the inseparable interweaving of the antinomies of metaphysical and epistemological realism and antirealism bequeathed to contemporary philosophy by early modern philosophy and the theory of ideas, antinomies Putnam would avoid by rejecting the underlying framew…Read more
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    Aristotle’s Theory of Language and Meaning (review)
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 78 (3): 507-514. 2004.
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    More Words on the Verbum: A Response to James Doig
    American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (2): 257-268. 2003.
    In “Verbum Mentis: Theological or Philosophical Doctrine?”, I argued against a common interpretation of Aquinas’s discussion of the verbum mentis. The common interpretation holds that the verbum mentis constitutes an essential part of Aquinas’s philosophical psychology. I argued, on the contrary, that it is no part of Aquinas’s philosophical psychology, but is a properly theological discussion grounded in the practice of scriptural metaphor, exemplified by such metaphors as “Christ is a rock.” J…Read more
  •  10
    Mercy Beyond Justice
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 31-53
    Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice provides a dramatic setting for thinking about the relationship of mercy to justice, a topic of great concern to contemporary ethical and political thought. Traditionally classified as among Shakespeare’s comedies, the play can also be analyzed as a tragedy in which Shylock is the protagonist. The tragedy is driven by the relatively weak conception of mercy in relationship to justice that informs Portia’s famous soliloquy “the quality of mercy.... ” The mercy she…Read more
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    The Immaterial Soul and Its Discontents
    Acta Philosophica 24 (1): 43-66. 2015.
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    Mercy Beyond Justice in advance
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. forthcoming.
  •  5
    Verbum Mentis: Philosophical or Theological Doctrine in Aquinas?
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 74 103-119. 2000.
  •  2
    The Identity of Knower and Known: Sellars’s and McDowell’s Thomisms
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 87 1-30. 2013.
    Wilfrid Sellars’ engagement with Thomism in “Being and Being Known” is examined, specifically for his reformulation of the thesis that the mind in its mental acts is in some sense identical in form to the object known. Borrowing the notion of “isomorphism” from modern set theory, Sellars describes an identity of form between mind and world that is non-intentional in the “Realm of the Real,” while confining all questions of meaning and truth to the “Realm of the Intentional.” John McDowell’s resp…Read more
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    Is it the case that God, human beings, and air all share the same capacity for cognition, differing only in the degree to which they engage in cognitive acts? Robert Pasnau has recently argued that according to St. Thomas Aquinas they do, a conclusion that for Pasnau follows straightforwardly from Aquinas’s discussion of God’s cognition in the first part of the Summa theologiae. Further, Pasnau holds that Aquinas’s relation to contemporary cognitive theory should be understood in light of the di…Read more
  •  7
    Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn.
    Philosophical Quarterly 55 (218): 122-124. 2005.
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    Can We Demonstrate That “God Exists”?
    Nova et Vetera 14 (2): 619-644. 2016.
  • The nuclear weapons predicament has troubled humanity since the first atomic bomb was exploded in Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 16, 1945. Currently, the issue has been injected with new life, characterized by intense debate and widespread protests. ;This study addresses primarily the ethical dimensions of the issue. First, in the context of the adversary relationship of the nuclear superpowers, there is a summary of some quantitative aspects related to nuclear weapons, such as numbers, configurat…Read more
  • Mental Representation: St. Thomas and the "de Interpretatione"
    Dissertation, University of Notre Dame. 1996.
    In the opening passages of the De interpretatione, Aristotle provides a brief description of how words, the mind, and reality are related. Spoken words signify mental impressions, which in turn are natural likenesses of things. Traditionally, this description has been taken to imply a relation of words to things--words are related to things, because they are related to mental impressions of things. Among some contemporary philosophers, e.g. Hilary Putnam and Michael Dummett, it is commonly held …Read more
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    The Identity of Knower and Known: Sellars’s and McDowell’s Thomisms
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 87 1-30. 2013.
    Wilfrid Sellars’ engagement with Thomism in “Being and Being Known” is examined, specifically for his reformulation of the thesis that the mind in its mental acts is in some sense identical in form to the object known. Borrowing the notion of “isomorphism” from modern set theory, Sellars describes an identity of form between mind and world that is non-intentional in the “Realm of the Real,” while confining all questions of meaning and truth to the “Realm of the Intentional.” John McDowell’s resp…Read more
  •  15
    The Identity of Knower and Known: Sellars’s and McDowell’s Thomisms
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 87 1-30. 2013.
    Wilfrid Sellars’ engagement with Thomism in “Being and Being Known” is examined, specifically for his reformulation of the thesis that the mind in its mental acts is in some sense identical in form to the object known. Borrowing the notion of “isomorphism” from modern set theory, Sellars describes an identity of form between mind and world that is non-intentional in the “Realm of the Real,” while confining all questions of meaning and truth to the “Realm of the Intentional.” John McDowell’s resp…Read more
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    Verbum Mentis: Theological or philosophical doctrine
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 74 103-119. 2000.
  •  72
    Thomas Aquinas on Human Nature: A Philosophical Study of Summa Theologiae Ia, 75-89 (review)
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (1): 99-100. 2004.
    Pasnau sets the philosophy in the context of ancient and modern thought, looking at some of the most difficult areas of Aquinas's thought: the relationship of soul to body, workings of sense and intellect, will and passions, and personal identity
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    Thomas Aquinas
    with Ralph McInerny
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. forthcoming.
  • Les papyrus de la grotte 7 de Qmr'n
    Nouvelle Revue Théologique 95 (2): 188-195. 1973.
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    Introduction. In the opening passages of his De interpretatione, Aristotle provides a simple summary of how he thinks language relates to the mind and the mind to reality, a sketch which has often been called his "semantic triangle." He writes
  • Science, Philosophy, and Theology (edited book)
    St. Augustine's Press. 2014.
  • Recovering Nature
    with Thomas Hibbs
    Philosophical Quarterly 51 (204): 403-405. 2001.
  •  2
    Aquinas's rejection of mind, contra Kenny
    The Thomist 66 (1): 15-59. 2002.
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    While many 20th-century fads in philosophy and theology have come and gone, McInerny's faith in Aristotelian-Thomism was boldly prophetic. His defenses of natural theology and law helped to create dialogue between theists and non-theists, and to provide a philosophical basis for Catholic theology.
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    In Memoriam: Ralph McInerny (1929-2010)
    Anuario Filosófico 43 (98): 407-410. 2010.