Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit

Recommended Book of the Week

Fulvio Di Blasi

In Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit, Dr. Fulvio Di Blasi explains difficult ethical concepts and arguments from Thomas Aquinas and his Ancient Greek predecessors, making them accessible even to readers with no previous background in philosophy. All the while, the author makes the topic engaging by demonstrating the relevance of ancient and medieval insights to contemporary … Continue reading Recommended Book of the Week

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Fulvio Di Blasi Slaves of Reason

Slaves of Reason?

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses the free will’s dependence upon the faculty of reason in “Slaves of Reason?” Thomas Aquinas explains that we have free will because our judgment of reason is never necessitated to just one course of action. Reason, by definition, compares and analyzes possibilities. Therefore, it is intrinsic to how reason knows its object that … Continue reading Slaves of Reason?

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Fulvio Di Blasi interviews John J. Butler

John J. Butler

Interview with John J. Butler, Partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP and MA candidate in History at NC State. Butler’s Research on the history of Trappist spirituality has been published by Cistercian Studies Quarterly.

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Fulvio Di Blasi Sensus Fidei

Sensus Fidei

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “Sensus Fidei” There is an aspect of Catholic Church teaching that is commonly neglected both by journalists and the mass media and by the Catholic Faithful ourselves. This aspect relates to the “sensus fidei,” which is a Latin expression translated into English as “appreciation of the Faith.” Recalling the Lumen Gentium, … Continue reading Sensus Fidei

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Fulvio Di Blasi Freedom's Freedom

Freedom’s Freedom

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “Freedom’s Freedom” Freedom and free will, or liberum arbitrium in Latin, are not the same thing. Freedom is more general. It relates to the intellectual component of our nature as human beings. This relationship can be understood through the fact that if you disagree with me, you might try to convince … Continue reading Freedom’s Freedom

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Fulvio Di Blasi The Empty Appetite

The Empty Appetite

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “The Empty Appetite” It is well-known that Aquinas, following Aristotle, distinguishes between the sensitive and intellectual appetites in man. He grounds this distinction in the essential difference between the cognitive powers that provide the appetites with their objects: namely, the sentient and the intellectual. Whereas the sensitive appetite propels us toward … Continue reading The Empty Appetite

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Msgr. Joseph Ntuwa Interview

Msgr. Joseph K. Ntuwa

Interview with Msgr. Joseph K. Ntuwa, Catholic Campus Minister, NCSU, Raleigh, NC

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The Walking Will Fulvio Di Blasi

The Walking Will

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “The Walking Will” Saint Thomas Aquinas says that the intellect is to reason as the will is to the free will, librum arbitrium. Just as reason is the faculty that allows the intellect to walk from known premises to a conclusion, so librum arbitrium is the faculty that allows the will … Continue reading The Walking Will

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Msgr Jeffrey A Ingham Interview

Msgr. Jeffrey A. Ingham, V.F., Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Interview with Msgr. Jeffrey A. Ingham, V.F., Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC

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Fulvio Di Blasi Infallibility of the Church

The Infallibility of the Church

Fulvio Di Blasi discusses “The Infallibility of the Church” The media often conveys confusing messages about the infallibility of the Church. It tends to focus exclusively on the solemn proclamations of popes and ecumenical councils ex cathedra, but these have rarely been made in the history of the Church. To understand where the Church’s infallibility … Continue reading The Infallibility of the Church

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