Ateneo de Manila University
St. Vincent School of Theology
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    The Best Way to Live (review)
    Hapág: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Theological Research 2 121-132. 2005.
    Goethe once wisely remarked, in conversation with J.P. Eckermann (1825), “[a] great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most by clear discernment and impartial justice.” Grayling’s new contribution to the popularization of philosophy, in this respect with regard to ethics, has achieved much by way of lowering to the rank and file, the wisdom of philosophical reflections in this moving, straightforward and lucidly argumentative book. However, much space in the severity and passion of …Read more
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    Book Review of Unlocking the Church's Best Kept Secret (review)
    Tambara: A Multidisciplinary Journal 30 (1): 91-95. 2013.
    The peculiarity of any social teaching, Catholic, Protestant or otherwise, is that it is an unsteady marriage between the dogmatically permanent beliefs and the perennially changing historical contexts. Any authentic and relevant social teaching needs to mirror a two-fold fidelity: Faithfulness to the universal truths to which the social teaching is a reflection, and loyalty to the historical contexts to which the social teaching is inextricably embedded. The merit of Cartagenas’s book Unlocking…Read more
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    Thinking Things Twice
    Hapág: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Theological Research 2 (11): 5-12. 2014.
    For one to simply think, philosophy as a rational investigation of truths and principles of knowledge, being, and conduct, that is, philosophy as a "science," is not required. For thinking, what requisite is a reason, a human endowment constitutive of one's intelligence. One only needs a mind to be able to think. But something more is exigent for one to think twice, is to think again, to reconsider and see something from a different perspective. To think things twice, one needs a conscious appre…Read more
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    Recuperating the Concept of Event in the Early Whitehead
    Hapág A Journal of Interdisciplinary Theological Research 2 (11): 31-46. 2014.
    The article recovers the earlier meaning of event as found in Alfred North Whitehead’s works, Principles of Natural Knowledge and Concept of Nature. In the early Whitehead, the event is considered as the metaphysical ultimate; such that events are the metaphysical building blocks in order to account for the temporal and spatial extensiveness of reality. The recuperation of the pre-PR concept of event is expressive of a dynamic of extending over, or passing into, of one event to another. This dyn…Read more
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    BECOMING-RELIGION: A. N. WHITEHEAD AND A CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTION ON RELIGION Chapter 1. Context of a Whiteheadian Proposal 1.1 Contemporary Philosophy and the “re-/turn” to the Religious 1.2. Intellectual Scaffoldings in Modernity’s Attempt to Conceptualize Religion 1.2.1. Shifting Weltanschauung 1.2.1.1. Classical: the threefold unity 1.2.1.2. Medieval: The Divine and its others 1.2.1.3. Modern: Dawn of Fragmentation 1.2.2. The Historical Revolt: Responding to the Revival of Class…Read more
  • What is the nature and the place of religion in an ever changing human condition, and in an ever changing world? As Kenneth Masong shows, such a reflection requires a broader perspective: the perspective of metaphysics, and actually the perspective of a metaphysics of becoming. Becoming-religion in a becoming universe. Indeed, religion is not an exception, but a phenomenon among others, although a peculiar one. But what applies to the rest of the universe, also applies to religion. And vice vers…Read more
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    The novel begins as follows:"Dora Greenfield left her husband because she was afraid of him. She decided six months later to return to him for the same reason. The absent Paul, haunting her with letters and telephone bells and imagined footsteps on the stairs had begun to be the greater torment. Dora suffered from guilt, and with guilt came fear. She decided at last that the persecution of his presence was to be preferred to the persecution of his absence."Murdoch's novel The Bell is about Imber…Read more
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    Becoming-Religion: Re-/thinking Religion with AN Whitehead and Keiji Nishitani
    Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture 17 (2): 1-26. 2013.
    For Whitehead and Nishitani, a rethinking of religion necessitates a rethinking of the metaphysics that underlie one’s concept of religion. The dynamism of religion is unveiled only within the metaphysical grounding of an ontology that accommodates the philosophical preference of “becoming” as an ultimate category of reality. The novelty of Whitehead’s theory of religion lies in the process metaphysics that it presupposes. For him, religion, like the whole of reality, is inherently developing an…Read more
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    Metaphor, Poiesis and Hermeneutical Ontology: Paul Ricoeur and the Turn to Language
    Pan Pacific Journal of Philosophy, Education and Management 1 (1). 2012.
    Reacting against the turn to transcendence that heavily characterized the medieval worldview, the modern worldview is fundamentally exemplified by a threefold turn to immanence, consisting of a subjective turn, a linguistic turn and an experiential turn. Language plays a pivotal role here since it mediates between the subjective and the experiential. Ricoeur’s treatment of metaphor, significantly laid out in his The Rule of Metaphor, is crucial in bringing about this linguistic turn that mediate…Read more