Worthy Life David Thunder

The Place of Citizenship in a Worthy Life

By David Thunder

Resurrecting an Ancient Question: The Place of Citizenship in a Worthy Life I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first. Thomas More’s last words before his beheading on 6 July, 1535 …it is necessary to a prince, if he wants to maintain himself, to learn to be able not to be good, and to … Continue reading The Place of Citizenship in a Worthy Life

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Divine Causality Alfred J. Freddoso

Introduction to the Problem of Free Will and Divine Causality

By Alfred J. Freddoso

I. The Context: Divine Providence (Plan) A. God, the divine artisan, freely and knowingly plans, orders and provides for all the effects that constitute His artifact, the created universe with its entire history, and executes His chosen plan by playing an active causal role sufficient to ensure its exact realization. Thus, whatever occurs is properly … Continue reading Introduction to the Problem of Free Will and Divine Causality

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Nostalgia Heart Gatsby Love David K. O’Connor

Tolkien and Nostalgia

By David K. O'Connor

Grace perfects nature, but it does not substitute for it or replace it. It’s always seemed to me, based on my own experience when I was younger, but also my experience now as a teacher, that one of the surest ways to become a Catholic intellectual is to first become a pagan intellectual. I think … Continue reading Tolkien and Nostalgia

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Sensation Maritain Christian Faith Yves Simon

An Essay on Sensation

By Yves Simon

The worst difficulties of the present subject originate in our inability to achieve the experience of a sensation free from association with images instinctive judgments, memories and thoughts. If it were possible for us to suspend, no matter how briefly, all such associated representations and processes, if it were possible to elicit pure sensations and … Continue reading An Essay on Sensation

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conscience michael novak

What Sort of God Calls for Liberty of Conscience?

By Michael Novak

[Slightly emended version forthcoming in an edited volume, THE MOST SACRED FREEDOM: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY AND AMERICA’S FOUNDING (Mercer University Press).]   First, the Background Many gods have appeared in human history, in all parts of the world. Not all these gods call for liberty of conscience. Nor do all cultures … Continue reading What Sort of God Calls for Liberty of Conscience?

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Ignorance Dark Shakespeare Cathedra Transvaluation Whole Dio Human Rights Glass Houses Fiction Spending Depths Poet Diocletian 1968 Dickens Moscow Europe Omnipotence Apologia Nothing Creation Ralph McInerny Profundis

Natural Law and Human Rights

By Ralph McInerny

In what follows, I shall do three things. First, I shall review the contrast between the natural law tradition and the modern tradition of natural or human rights, a contrast of which we have been reminded in recent times by Michel Villey and Alasdair Maclntyre. Second, I shall discuss attempts to overcome the opposition between … Continue reading Natural Law and Human Rights

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Lovers Peter Simpson

Ethics for Lovers

By Peter Simpson

True Ethics What is the study of ethics about? To this question a variety of answers has been given. Some say it is about pleasure, as hedonists; others agree that it is about pleasure but add that it is about the greatest pleasure of the greatest number, not just of oneself, and such are utilitarians … Continue reading Ethics for Lovers

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Samuel Gregg

Natural Law and Constitutionalism: Towards Ordered Liberty

By Samuel Gregg

This paper was delivered by Samuel Gregg [1] at the Thomas International Center conference “La tradizione etiche di Europa e Stati Uniti: Le radici comuni e il dialogo possibile” (Palermo, Italy) in 2004.   In passing from despotism to liberty, nations cease to have masters, but they are not replaced by servants. They then have leaders in … Continue reading Natural Law and Constitutionalism: Towards Ordered Liberty

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Soul Animal Alfred J. Freddoso

Oh My Soul, There’s Animals and Animals

By Alfred J. Freddoso

Some Thomistic Reflections on Contemporary Philosophy of Mind Note of introduction: The intended audience for this paper is mainly Catholic graduate students and young Ph.D.’s in philosophy and theology, though everyone is of course welcome to read it. The paper was written in three stages.  The first version was delivered in October, 2010 at the … Continue reading Oh My Soul, There’s Animals and Animals

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Fundamentalism Massimo Introvigne Halloween

Niches in the Islamic Religious Market and Fundamentalism: Examples from Turkey and Other Countries

By Massimo Introvigne

1. Interbrand and Intrabrand Competition in Semi-Monopolistic Religious Markets The aim of this paper is to discuss how the sociological theory of religious economy may be relevant for analyzing the competition in the semi-monopolistic religious markets of countries with large Islamic majorities. In this section, I would mention very shortly general methodological issues, building from … Continue reading Niches in the Islamic Religious Market and Fundamentalism: Examples from Turkey and Other Countries

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