Fulvio Di Blasi Space, Time, and Becoming

Space, Time, and Becoming

Philosophy of Nature Course: Aristotle on Space and Time Prof. Fulvio Di Blasi Lecture: Space, Time, and Becoming Introduction to the course. Logic of becoming as a logic that grounds the birth and development of philosophy. The study of the concepts of space and time in Aristotle is one of the best ways to understand the debate … Continue reading Space, Time, and Becoming

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Wonder and Reason Fulvio Di Blasi

Wonder and Reason

Philosophy of Nature Course: The Invention of Philosophical Rationality Prof. Fulvio Di Blasi Lecture: Wonder and Reason In this class Fulvio Di Blasi explains how philosophy originates from wonder and reasoning as constant attitudes of the human spirit. Philosophy is about deep questions concerning the world, ourselves, and life. It is about knowledge, about our passion to know … Continue reading Wonder and Reason

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The Invention of Philosophical Rationality Fulvio Di Blasi

Introduction to the Invention of Philosophical Rationality

Philosophy of Nature Course: The Invention of Philosophical Rationality Prof. Fulvio Di Blasi Lecture: Introduction In this short video, Dr. Di Blasi introduces the TIU course “The Invention of Philosophical Rationality” by way of explaining the purposes of studying Ancient Philosophy. It is from the earliest philosophers that we receive the foundations of the entire western tradition of … Continue reading Introduction to the Invention of Philosophical Rationality

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The Beginning of a New Era for the TIC

Dear friends, Today is the beginning of a new era for the Thomas International project. Registration is officially open for our first online courses, which will start between January and May 2018. And we already have a first student who registered online! Please, visit the TIC Online University website and rejoice with us! I made … Continue reading The Beginning of a New Era for the TIC

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Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit

Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit

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 Ancient Wisdom and Thomistic Wit

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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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