Robert C Trundle received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, He has been a member of both the International Science & Common Sense Association and the Catholic Academy of Sciences (USA). Also, he has been on the Advisory Board of Sensus Communis: Annuario di Logica Alectica — Ed by Rev Msgr Antonio Livi, PhD, Dean Emeritus of Philosophy at Pontificia Università Lateranense (Rome). And in an issue sponsored by the US State Department, the Editorial Board for The Study of Religions and Ideologies awarded Dr Trundle the 2014 International JSRI Prize in Philosophy for his invited article “America’s Religion and Reli…
Robert C Trundle received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, He has been a member of both the International Science & Common Sense Association and the Catholic Academy of Sciences (USA). Also, he has been on the Advisory Board of Sensus Communis: Annuario di Logica Alectica — Ed by Rev Msgr Antonio Livi, PhD, Dean Emeritus of Philosophy at Pontificia Università Lateranense (Rome). And in an issue sponsored by the US State Department, the Editorial Board for The Study of Religions and Ideologies awarded Dr Trundle the 2014 International JSRI Prize in Philosophy for his invited article “America’s Religion and Religion in America." Further, Brill-Rodopi published his book Integrated Truth and Existential Phenomenology: A Thomistic Response to Iconic Anti-Realists in Science (2015). And in 2017, Routledge re-published his book From Physics to Politics, first published in 1999 by Transaction.
Dr Trundle has been an invited referee for several scholarly journals. The journals include Laval théologique et philosophique (Université Laval), Philosophy of Science (American Philosophy of Science Association) and Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (Official Journal of the Canadian Philosophical Association). Also he was an invited evaluator for the Canadian Government’s most prestigious scholarly award, the Killam Research Fellowship (Canada’s Council for the Arts). His scholarship includes the history of philosophy and philosophy of science with over sixty published works; leading to his invitation by physicist Dr Maria Falbo-Kenkel to speak on how natural theology is related logically to science at the Scientific Research Society of Sigma Xi. He was a former faculty member at the University of Colorado and Regis College at Colorado Springs as well as both an award-winning and early promoted associate and full professor at NKU. See multiple citations of Dr Trundle's publications at http://www.nku.edu/~trundle/ . See also https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=53700
EVOLVING PHILOSOPHICAL VIEWS:
By a modal logic of what it makes sense to say via Wittgenstein (“There are cases where doubt is unreasonable, but others where it seems logically impossible” with ”no clear boundary between them”) and a phenomenology of observation (avoiding its theory-dependence), a case is made for a revitalized Thomistic perspective. Per this perspective, pace W.H. Newton-Smith's pessimistic induction, there is an inductive optimism. Here, science yields an historically increasing truth that presupposes a causal principle. The principle, as an alethic modality, is not only inferably true but avoids its Kantian reduction to a truthless synthetic-a priori metaphysics. Beyond this metaphysics, the principle strictly implies a first cause that, as a supreme norm, created human nature as it ought to be. So with no naturalistic fallacy, a naturalistic ethics is inferable from our psycho-biological nature since it is as it ought to be. And from this is-ought bridging ethics for fulfilling our psycho-biological nature, our nature should be fulfilled inter alia by health-inducing art and political policies that are inferably true from ethics and ethics from science. See how scientific theories may have truth ascribed to them in Trundle's "Consciousness and Being," page 70, per the epistemic modality e2 ⇒ [e1 ˄ (e1 ≈ t1) ˄ (t1 ˄ To ⊦ t2) ˄ (t2 ≈ e2)].
In sum, an historically increasing truth in science about our psycho-biological nature informs soundly a naturalistic ethics. And the ethics’ increasing truth affords ever-increasing truths of art and politics. Politics should institutionalize a naturalistic ethics. The ethics, art, politics, science and natural theology are interrelated logically. Logically also, the principle of non-contradiction is misunderstood. This misunderstanding, plus the natural theology of a first cause, bridges the alleged gulf of rational philosophy from a supposed irrational supernatural theology. And the latter bridge has the extraordinary consequence of excluding Søren Kierkegaard’s signature Leap of Faith.
VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:
Fellow Adler-Aquinas Institute, 2013- ; Award-winning faculty member at Northern Kentucky U and promoted early to both a tenured associate and full professor 1987-2013 (but see successful complaints to the US Dept of Education against NKU and its accrediting agency at https://www.goacta.org/the_forum/accreditation_controversy_at_northern_kentucky_university) ; Affiliate Assistant Professor at Regis College 1982-86 and Instructor at the U of Colorado 1982-84 at Colorado Springs ; Graduate Teaching Assistant in Philosophy at the U of Toledo, 1972-74 ; high school teacher, State certification in mathematics and English by Dept of Education, Toledo Ohio, part time.
SOME AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
Ohio State University scholarship ; Ohio State University Advanced Honors in Philosophy ; University of Toledo Graduate Teaching Assistantship ; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi ; study for PhD at St. David's, University of Wales, 1974/5 (declined family unsupported) ; two scholarly graduate awards via Prof Michael Ruse for PhD study at Guelph -McMaster Universities, Canada, 1974/5 (declined per family) ; Rice University Fellowship 1975 ; Outstanding Jr Professor for Scholarship and Teaching at NKU ; Invited referee for the journals — Philosophy of Science (Philosophy of Science Association), Laval Théologique et Philosophique (Laval Université), and Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (official journal of the Canadian Philosophical Association) ; Elected to Advisory Board (comitato di redazione) of Sensus Communis: Annuario di Logica Aletica ; Invited as an evaluator for Canada’s most prestigious scholarly award, the Killam Research Fellowship (directed by the Canada Council for the Arts) ; Marquis Who'sWho in America, 73rd ed. ; Marquis Who'sWho in the Southwest ; Writer’s Directory (Gale Group) ; Directory of American Scholars (Gale) ; Contemporary Authors (Gale) ; In an issue sponsored by the US State Dept, awarded the 2014 International JSRI Prize in Philosophy, by the Editors of The Study of Religions and Ideologies, for the article "America's Religion and Religion in America".
SOME MEMBERSHIPS (PAST, PRESENT, INVITED):
Scientific Research Society of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, New York Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Association, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Federation of American Scientists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cooperating Member of the International Science and Commonsense Association (Rev Msgr Antonio Livi, PhD), Academician at the Catholic Academy of Sciences USA (declined due to required travel), Corresponding Member of the Catholic Academy of Sciences USA, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
BOOKS — BOOK REVIEWS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
CONSCIOUSNESS AND BEING: FROM BEING TO TRUTH IN THE THOMISTIC TRADITION, Foreword by Peter A. Redpath (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Pub, 2019). This book is of vital interest to anyone who yearns to know how science, theology, ethics, art, and politics do really afford objective truths. — “Trundle’s insights are a breadth of fresh air... his astuteness will liberate present-day philosophy, science in general, ethics, art, and politics from the shackles of both skepticism and sophistry that have chained them for so many centuries. I applaud Robert C Trundle for [this] redemptive work.” — Peter A. Redpath , Prof Philosophy at St. John's U, executive editor of VIBS, a founder of the Gilson Society, Chairman of the Board of the Angelicum Academy, member Board of the Great Books Academy, and former Vice President of the American Maritain Association et cētera. See https://wipfandstock.com/consciousness-and-being.html
INTEGRATED TRUTH AND EXISTENTIAL PHENOMENOLOGY: A THOMISTIC RESPONSE TO ICONIC ANTI-REALISTS IN SCIENCE — Value Inquiry Book Series of Philosophy and Religion, Book 283, with a Foreword by Peter A. Redpath (New York / Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill-Rodopi Publishers, 2015). Among other things, I introduce a "Principle of Optimistic Induction" that compares to WH Newton-Smith's famous "Pessimistic Induction" in his book The Rationality of Science (a brilliant defense of realism). See a favorable book review by Robert Delfino in The Review of Metaphysics Vol. 69, No. 4, June 2016. See also http://www.hacsalum.com/integrated-truth-and-existential-phenomenology-a-thomistic-response-to-iconic-anti-realists-in-science/
A THEOLOGY OF SCIENCE: FROM SCIENCE TO ETHICS TO AN ETHICAL POLITICS, Illustrated (black & white) with a Foreword by Peter A. Redpath (Boca Raton: Brown Walker Press/Universal Publishers 2007; 2nd EDITION 2009). See a favorable book review by Tom Michaud (Wheeling Jesuit University) in The Review of Metaphysics Vol. 62, no. 1, 2008, 162–164. See also http://www.universal-publishers.com/book.php?method=ISBN&book=1599424266
IS ET HERE? (Victoria, CA: EcceNova Editions, 2005). In accord with Stanford physicist Dr. Peter Sturrock and Princeton’s Dr. Robert Jahn, Dean Emeritus of Mech. & Aerospace Engineering, current science cannot exclude ET’s interstellar presence. The presence is believable inter alia by an “optimistic induction”: inducing that since every past major theory was superseded by a truer theory, we may be optimistic (pace Newton-Smith's "pessimistic induction"). For a theory today that implies ET cannot feasibly travel here may be superseded by a truer theory that allows for that possibility. And the possibility is compatible with mainstream religions. The book was praised by Prof Michael Zimmerman, former Chair of Philosophy at Tulane University and later Dean Emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Search for "Robert Trundle" at https://www.amazon.com/books-used-books-textbooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=283155. See also scientists and the military at The Navy Times at https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/04/25/aliens-ahoy-navy-developing-guidelines-on-reporting-ufo-sightings/
CAMUS' ANSWER: “NO” TO THE WESTERN PHARISEES WHO IMPOSE REASON ON REALITY (UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2002). A Paragon Press reviewer stated that “it is rather unique and represents a kind of scholarship that very view even try to, let alone succeed at, engage in. On the whole, the discussion of Camus is informative and is nicely connected both to Western philosophy and Eastern accents.”  See also http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/philosophy/Trundle.htm
UFOs: POLITICS, GOD AND SCIENCE: PHILOSOPHY ON A TABOO TOPIC with a foreword letter supporting the book by Pulitzer-Prize winning psychiatrist John E. Mack, M.D., Harvard University Medical School (Florence, Italy: EPAP / European Press Academic Publishing, 2001). See http://www.e-p-a-p.com/book/8883980077 See also https://time.com/5680192/navy-confirms-ufo-videos-real/
FROM PHYSICS TO POLITICS: THE METAPHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY, with a foreword by Peter A. Redpath (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers — The State University, 1999; 2nd edition 2001. Republished in London / New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2nd edition starting July 5, 2017). See https://www.routledge.com/From-Physics-to-Politics-The-Metaphysical-Foundations-of-Modern-Philosophy/Trundle/p/book/9780765809018
MEDIEVAL MODAL LOGIC AND SCIENCE, with forewords by Dr. David Lamb, Honorary Reader in Philosophy, School of Medicine at the University of Birmingham and J. Roland Ramirez, Duquesne University — Ph.D. Institut Catholique de Paris (Lanham, MD: Roman & Littlefield Publishers/UPA, 1999). See https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780761813989/Medieval-Modal-Logic-and-Science-Augustine-on-Scientific-Truth-and-Thomas-on-its-Impossibility-Without-a-First-Cause
ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY: ITS DEVELOPMENT AND RELEVANCE TO OUR TIME (London: UK, Ashgate Publishing, Avebury Series in Philosophy, 1994). Dr. Ralph McInerny, Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame stated, “The high level of historical and philosophical discussion is admirable, yet eminently accessible.” And Prof Konstantine Boudouris, Chair of Philosophy at the University of Athens and Editor of The Greek Philosophical Review, stated that the book is “very important”.   See copy of Prof Boudouris' review at http://www.nku.edu/~trundle/
BEYOND ABSURDITY: THE PHILOSOPHY OF ALBERT CAMUS, with R. Puligandla (London, UK / Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Pub/UPA, 1985/86). Living with the absurd is related uniquely to both Western and Eastern thought. See a favorable review by Hazel Barnes, and by Fernande Bartfeld in Revue d'Histoire littéraire de la France 90e Année, No. 2 (Mar-Apr 1990), 276: https://www.jstor.org/stable/40530087
JOURNALS (SEVERAL HAVING MULTIPLE ARTICLES):
Aquinas: Revista Internazionale di Filosofia (Pontificia Università Lateranense, Rome) ; Augustinus: Revista Trimestral Publicada Por Los Padres Agustinos Recoletos ; Bulletin Ind. Institute of the History of Medicine (with Michael Vossmeyer, MD) ; Christian Perspectives on Science and Technology — The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology (ISCAST) ; Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology ; Darshana International ; Diálogos: Las Revistas Editadas Por Universidad de Puerto Rico ; Epistemologia: Italian Journal for the Philosophy of Science ; Ethics & Politics / Etica & Politica (Edizioni Università di Trieste) ; Filosofia: International Journal of Philosophy ; Journal for the Study of Religions & Ideologies ; Journal of Business Ethics ; Idealistic Studies: An International Philosophical Journal ; Laval Théologique et Philosophique (Laval Universite) ; Logique et Analyse: Belgium National Centre for Logical Investigation ; Logos & Episteme: An International Journal of Epistemology ; Modern Schoolman: A Quarterly Journal of Philosophy ; National Forum: Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi ; Philosophy in Science — Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of the Specola Vaticana (Vatican Observatory) Papieska Akademia Teologiczna (Pontifical Academy of Theology) Kraków and Pachart Foundation Tucson ; Res Publica — Belgium Institute of Political Science ; Review Journal of Philosophy & Social Science ; Science and Method: Journal for the Empirical Study of the Foundations of Science (The Netherlands) ; Sensus Communis: An International Quarterly for Studies and Research on Alethic Logic ; Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (Rand Corp) ; Thought: A Review of Culture and Idea aka Thought: Fordham University Quarterly. See, for example, Bulletin Ind. Institute of the History of Medicine (with Michael Vossmeyer, MD) https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Sex-revolution-and-psychosocial-disorder%3A-a-on-the-Trundle-Vossmeyer/bfc71fba203d1e79c3d35d98eb3ea54e7cdcf96c as well as "A First Cause and the Causal Principle" in Philosophy in Science (2003) at https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/A-First-Cause-and-the-causal-principle%3A-How-the-to-Trundle/b71e37982165acb4f71bbd8c740acd394d26d2e4 The latter article was the basis for several of my books.
INVITED ARTICLES IN BOOKS:
"Physics and Phenomenology," invited for NEW HORIZONS IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, Ed. by Dr. David Lamb, Medical School, Department of Bioethics, University of Birmingham (London: Ashgate Publishing Co, Avebury Series in Philosophy 1992) 66-86. See review by Michael Gaylard in the Journal of Medical Ethics (Volume 21, Issue 4 ) at https://jme.bmj.com/content/21/4/248.1
“America’s Religion Vs. Religion in America,” RELIGION, CULTURE & IDEOLOGY IN AMERICA (Containing the Issue sponsored by US State Department), Ed. by Drs. Sandu and Mihaela Frunza, SCIRI and The Academic Society for the Research of Religions & Ideologies (Bucuresti: Tritonic Group Editorial, 2012) 9-27. For the article, see https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=53700
“A Thomistic Integration of Truth Vs. a Truthlessness of Today’s Science, Ethics & Politics,” SZTUKA i REALIZM (ART AND REALISM): COMMENTORATIVE BOOK... OF PROFESSOR HENRY KIERESIA AT KATOLICKI UNIWERSYTET LUBELSKI, Ed. by Fr. T. Duma, A. Maryniarczyk SDB and P. Sulenta (Lublin: Polish Society of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) 2014) 721-738. http://www.fiuc.org/bdf_organisme-205_en.html
SEVERAL SUMMARIES OF MY BOOKS:
Several reviewers (some noted below) say my views tend to be novel, provocative and diverse. While diverse, some of my views beg for an increased precision. A precision of others more able than I, I hope, will press on with some of the ideas --- ideas especially on my attempted proof of a first cause and how this cause may logically interrelate truths of theology, science, ethics, art and politics. Though it seems novel to say that politics should institutionalize a naturalistic ethics, the diversity is illustrated by various articles. The articles range from the following: “Art History: From a Greek Stress on Sex to Social Constructions of Women's Fashion” (2010-11) and “Global Ethnic Conflict” in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (1996) to “A First Cause & Causal Principle” in Philosophy in Science (2003) and the entry “Unidentified Flying Objects” in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY (University Press of Kentucky, 2009). I have authored approximately sixty articles and books. For "Art History" on Women's Fashion noted above (with photos/pictures), for example, see http://www.anistor.gr/english/enback/2010_2a_Anistoriton.pdf
In regard to books, BEYOND ABSURDITY: THE PHILOSOPHY OF ALBERT CAMUS, with R. Puligandla, relates Camus to Eastern thought, especially to the iconic Nâgârjuna. The Nâgârjunian element continued in my next book, CAMUS' ANSWER: NO TO THE WESTERN PHSRISEES WHO IMPOSE REASON ON REALITY. It sought both to render compatible a realism with Eastern thought and to preserve an account of Camus’ rebellion against murderous ideologies of Western intellectuals. A Choice review stated, "A fine explanation of the various meanings of Camus' concept of the absurd. A useful introduction to Camus' thought." And a scholarly reviewer for Paragon House publishers praised the book by noting, “it is rather unique and represents a kind of scholarship that very view even try to, let alone succeed at, engage in. On the whole, the discussion of Camus is informative and is nicely connected both to Western philosophy and Eastern accents.”
ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY: ITS DEVELOPMENT AND RELEVANCE TO OUR TIME addresses a logical continuity of developing ideas of many Pre-Socratics, including Thales, Heraclitus, Parmenides, the Sophists and Atomists, through Plato and Aristotle. It considers how their ideas bear on perplexing ideas and dynamic events of our time. Today’s controversies, from ethics ignoring human nature to gender roles in the military and relativism in science, are discussed in sidebar columns. The columns consider enduring questions that relate, if not suggest prolific responses to, the controversies by Pre-Socratic notions of how metaphysics and physics interface, Plato's moral theory and Aristotle's unique insights on how ethics, art and politics are rooted in our psycho-biological nature. Dr. Ralph McInerny, Michael P. Grace Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame, stated, “The high level of historical and philosophical discussion is admirable, yet eminently accessible." And Professor Konstantine Boudouris, Chair of Philosophy at the University of Athens and Editor of The Greek Philosophical Review, who reviewed the book (shown on my NKU website) stated that the book is “very important.”
MEDIEVAL MODAL LOGIC AND SCIENCE draws on the history of philosophy and philosophy of science to consider St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine in terms of modal logic. Having its roots in Aristotle and possibly Parmenides, this logic came to include inter alia modalities of necessity and possibility other than strictly logical ones. But due to cultural traumas of the scientific revolution and Reformation, I argue, those modalities were ignored at the dawn of modern philosophy. In their absence philosophers were unable to articulate how "truth" is ascribable to scientific theories, much less to a presupposed causal principle that, strictly implying a first cause, may render sound a cosmological proof. I seek to show how this proof and science are related logically — revealing that today’s creationism-evolution debates tend to commit a straw man fallacy by addressing a supernatural God as opposed to a God of Nature, although the two are compatible in my findings. My findings are applied to a revitalized naturalistic ethics, aesthetics, theology, science and politics. In regard to the politics etc being considered modally, my work was acknowledged by Dr. Julian Deahl, a notable European logician and Senior Editor at Brill, who stated "you need no introduction as I had come across some of your articles on scholastic logic (my own field)." And profound implications of the book were noted both by J. Roland Ramirez, PhD – Institut Catholique de Paris, who said “The many questions raised by Trundle are matters from which any present-day thinker… concerned with the present or future of any philosophy or of any science could seriously benefit” and by David Lamb at Birmingham Medical School who asserted that the "range of case studies from geology and medical science to biology and physics... is first rate philosophy of science.”
FROM PHYSICS TO POLITICS: THE METAPHYSICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY, published by Transaction in 1999 and re-published by Routledge in 2017, relates philosophy to political ideology. The ideology stems in part from confusing later Greek and medieval modal truths with a truth-less metaphysics by modern philosophers, Yale University logician Ruth Barcan Marcus noting sardonically “No metaphysical mysteries.” The mysteries were indeed exacerbated by modern philosophy because it tended to either replace "truth" by notions such as "verisimilitude" (Sir Karl Popper) or, earlier, held that “truth” originates in superior men (fascism) and dominating classes (Marxism). Given an ensuing skepticism and predictable stress on practical philosophy in order to avoid knotty epistemological problems (Marx stating that philosophy should not merely interpret the world but change it), "truth" was largely politicized via naked ideology and a surreptitious political correctness. Popper, I note, did himself express grave concern about this irrationality leading to relativism. With respect to the relativism Peter Redpath states that I show how these events, which left over 100 million persons dead in the twentieth century, resulted in subordinating both logic and science to ideological dreams: "Fascism, Nazism, Marxism, political correctness, and moral relativism are actually essential acts, not historical aberrations," adding that my work “is groundbreaking and daring with widespread ramifications. [Trundle’s] argument transcends the domains of logic and scientific method,” extending “to metaphysics and the history of philosophy.”
IS ET HERE: NO POLITICALLY BUT YES SCIENTIFICALLY AND THEOLOGICALLY is one of my most provocative books. Nonetheless, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Tulane University (now Professor of Philosophy and Director of Humanities Emeritus at the University of Colorado), Dr. Michael Zimmerman, stated: “With his knowledge of the philosophy of science, epistemology and logic,” Trundle erodes “the justifications used by many mainstream scientists, journalists and opinion-shapers when they ignore or attack credible testimony… of artificial flying objects not produced by human beings.” He adds, “This well-written book will appeal especially to those interested in a philosophically and technically sophisticated treatment." Indeed, the treatment relates to astonishing scientific advances, such as light-pulse experiments by NEC physicists at Princeton, that may soon bear on interstellar space travel in a relatively short time. If this timely travel may be feasible for us, the feasibility proceeds pari passu for more advanced non-human craft as well — rendering plausible reports of reliable witnesses and films of the phenomena that some leading scientists acknowledge, if not many major G8 governments.
Taken with a Principle of Pessimistic Induction (or a fortiori my Inductive Optimism) in the philosophy of science whereby reasoning inductively from past scientific theories indicates that superseding theories rendered possible alleged impossibilities, a reasonable pessimism is warranted about the absolute truth of any current theory that excludes the travel. In terms of the travel this principle does not mean that the theories are false (per my "optimism") but rather that their truth is restricted to various domains, as a domain of Newton is restricted to phenomena not approaching the speed of light and Planck’s constant being negligible. And so due to a limited domain of Einstein's theory (not that it necessarily excludes the travel possibility), an inductive optimism about the truth is reasonable inter alia about a future speed-of-light breakthrough that affords ET's presence. Coupled with witnesses, film, radar data, government documents released by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other evidence, a reasonable belief in the possible, if not likely, presence is supported. In virtue of this support’s influence, Fate magazine (published since 1948) named me, along with notable scientists and other scholars, one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the UFO subject in 2005. On UFOs being real per some scientists and the military, see The Navy Times at https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/04/25/aliens-ahoy-navy-developing-guidelines-on-reporting-ufo-sightings/
A THEOLOGY OF SCIENCE: FROM SCIENCE TO ETHICS TO AN ETHICAL POLITICS (ILLUSTRATED BLACK & WHITE) suggests that a liberal epistemology and ontology of natural theology, if not a theology of traditional Judeo Christianity, creatively fosters novel ways for defending a strong scientific realism, not a mere reality of many theoretic entities but also for true laws or theories in terms of which the entities are understood. In understanding theories as conjunctive propositions composed of laws to which “truth” is ascribable, the ascriptions are initially rendered tenable by an epistemic modality whereby, despite Popper’s truth-functional conditional for alone falsifying theories, theories that make systematically true predictions in given domains strictly imply a truth of the theories: How can theories be entirely false when they systematically predict the phenomena? Unless the phenomena were reflected with approximate truth by the theories, how in principle could the theories predict the phenomena? And a notion that phenomena are theory-dependent wherein observational predictions cannot imply a theory’s truth since predictions presuppose theories (per Feyerabend, Kuhn, Popper etc) is avoided by a phenomenology of consciousness wherein we have a non-epistemic / non-conceptual consciousness of phenomena. Thus although observed phenomena may be theory laden, this does not obviate a limited observational truth by which the reasoning is tenable. Several tenable insights inspired by theology, permitting paradox or contradiction, bear on the philosophy of science in terms of an Underdetermination-of-Theory-by-Data (UTD) Thesis. The Thesis, used to undercut scientific realism, specifies that data afford logically inconsistent but empirically equivalent theories that equally predict or explicate the data. But this appeal to data is a false dilemma.
The dilemma is false for these reasons: Just as theology has perennially acknowledged logically inconsistent realities by virtue of there being no contradiction in saying that reality need not abide by the principle of non-contradiction, such as God being One and not One (Triune) or our existence being triune and not triune (one) per St. Augustine , the data may be composed of inconsistent predicates, as light may be a wave and non-wave (particle) per Victor de Broglie’s particle-wave equation . The point is that scientific realism mandates reasoning from reality to our ideas and not imposing ideas, even logic, on reality. This realism is related to ethics. In The Review of Metaphysics (Sep 2008) Tom Michaud said, “This book is one of those exceptional works which is both challenging in its philosophical sophistication and edifying in its moral argumentation,” adding that “[Trundle] logically dismantles the problems, and then offers a strategy for correcting the course of science so that it can properly establish ethics and inform politics. His strategy succeeds brilliantly.” The strategy includes reasoning from a true causal principle, as an alethic modality, to a first cause creator who creates our psycho-biological nature as it should be. Leaning on scholars such as Peter Kreeft for this normative relation of a first cause to our nature, a naturalistic ethics may be inferred for fulfilling our nature with no naturalistic fallacy. The fallacy, accepted axiomatically by academics who construe Hume’s rants against religion as part of his “critical thought,” is not only averted but also obstacles to inferring a politics that institutionalizes the ethics (ethical and political claims being as true as scientific descriptions of our psycho-biological nature that inform those claims). After praising the book, Peter Redpath cautions that it is bold: “It is not for the faint-hearted. It pulls no punches. Trundle is not Dale Carnegie. Many academics will not like it since it accurately exposes them as charlatans in ways that are difficult, if not impossible, to refute.”
 See reference to the Choice review of my book Camus’ Answer at http://www.amazon.com. My scholarship in existential phenomenology stems from both my publications and having had the famous existentialist scholar and translator of Jean-Paul Sartre, Professor Emerita Hazel Barnes, as an advisor for my doctoral dissertation (Scientific Realism and Existential Phenomenology) noted also in my book Camus’ Answer, p. 161, n. 21.
 Email to Robert Trundle from Paragon editor Rosemary Byrne Yokoi with a reviewer’s comments that recommend publication (per Rosemary Byrne Yokoi firstname.lastname@example.org, Tuesday, October 9, 2001 7:46 AM). The offer of publication was declined since the UK's Sussex Academic Press had already accepted my book.
 Letter from Prof Ralph McInerny to Robert Trundle, 1 Feb 1994, on Ancient Greek Philosophy: Its Development & Relevance to Our Time. The letter was included in Trundle’s university performance review at NKU and noted publically on his NKU website since 2010.
 Letter to R. Trundle on 3 Oct 1996, used in his performance review and shown publically on his NKU website since 2010. The letter is from Prof Konstantine Boudouris — Editor, Greek Philosophical Review and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Athens. Boudouris’ review of the book can be viewed via “102. Βουδούρης, Κωνσταντῖνος Ἰωάν., «Trundle Robert C., “Ancient Philosophy”, Avebury Press, 1994, 328 p. » , Ἑλληνικὴ Φιλοσοφικὴ Ἐπιθεώρηση, 13, 38 (1996), σσ. 206-207” at http://www.kenef.phil.uoi.gr/dynamic/prometo.
 Email to Robert Trundle from Julian Deahl, Senior Acquisitions Editor of Brill Academic Publishers (Tuesday, September 22, 1998 1:53 AM).
 J. Roland Ramirez and David Lamb, Forewords, Medieval Modal Logic and Science, pp. ix-xii.
 Ruth Barcan Marcus, Modalities: Philosophical Essays (NY: Oxford University Press, 1993), p. 69.
 Peter Redpath, Foreword, From Physics to Politics, pp. ix and x. Dr. Redpath is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Philosophical Research, a panelist for the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and a participant in the International Conference on Religious Liberty at the U.S. State Department by invitation of Secretary of State Elliot Abrams — to note only a few of his honors.
 Prof Michael Zimmerman in an email to author on 6/4/04 2:51 PM ("Michael Zimmerman" email@example.com) and quoted in Trundle’s book Is ET Here? following the copyright page.
 Besides Princeton and Stanford University scientists Robert Jahn and Peter Sturrock who support UFO investigations, among others, per reference to their publications by professors A. Wendt (Ohio State University) and R. Duvall (University of Minnesota) in “Sovereignty and the UFO,” Political Theory 36.4 (2008) 607-33 (http://ptx.sagepub.com/ cgi/content/refs/36/4/607), see also "UFO Researchers & People” by Bernard Haisch, PhD, DIRECTOR: California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (1999-2002) and SCIENTIFIC EDITOR: Astrophysical Journal (1993-2002), http://www.ufoevidence.org/Researchers/Detail76. See https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/politics/navy-confirms-ufo-videos-trnd/index.html
 Fate magazine, May 2005. See the top 100 researchers at http://www. fatemag.com/2005UFOSpecialTop100. These 100 include retired nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman; Senior Research Scientist at NASA Dr. Richard Haines (ret) who worked on the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Station; NASA consultant Richard Hoagland; Engineer and Editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology Phil Klass; Optical Physicist and research scientist Dr. Bruce Maccabee who worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center; and the 6th man to walk on the moon — Apollo Astronaut and Founder of the Noetic Sciences Institute, Edgar Mitchell (PhD in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT).
 St. Augustine, Confessions, Tr. R.S. Pine-Coffin (NY: Penguin Books, 1984), pp. 318, 319.
 See, for example, Israeli physicist Saul Youssef who states in the Proceedings of the New York Academy of Sciences that we must still conclude that light both is and is not a particle (wave) in “Is Quantum Mechanics An Exotic Probability Theory?” Fundamental Problems in Quantum Theory: A Conference Held in Honor of Professor John A. Wheeler, Ed. by D.M Greenberger and A. Zeilinger (NY: Annals of the NYAS, 1995), p. 904. Youssef is augmented by S. Afshar, E. Flores, K. McDonald and E. Knoesel’s “Paradox in Wave-Particle Duality,” Foundations of Physics 37.2 (2007) 295-305, who refer to recent experiments whereby light at all times has both wave and non-wave (particle) aspects. Whether or not these aspects obtain, the point is that a liberal ontology and epistemology of theology / Scripture may inspire imaginative solutions in science. Thus Einstein asserted famously that imagination is more important than knowledge. Also, Harvard University physicist G. Holton (et al) in “How a Scientific Discovery is made” (American Scientist—Scientific Research Society of Sigma Xi 84 (1996) 36475) found extra-scientific influences such as theology and religion “to be essential… in major advances throughout the history of science” — from K.A. Müller’s codiscovery of high-temperature superconductors being guided by a religio-philosophical symbol to virtually all of the others. Columbia University scientist R.K. Merton called this influence the “Matthew Effect”, per the Book of Matthew 25:29.
 Tom Michaud, The Review of Metaphysics 62 (2008) #245, 162-4.
 Peter Redpath, “Foreword” in A Theology of Science, p. xi.