Subject Area: Philosophy: Aquinas/Thomistic Studies

Case Study in Thomistic Environmental Ethics
2007 0-7734-5416-0
This work applies an environmental ethic ground in an interpretation of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae to a particular environmental region, namely the Loess Hills of Iowa. The book begins by telling the ecological story of the Loess Hills and the proceeds to summarize the development of environmental ethics through the legacy of Henry David Thoreau, thereby revealing certain tensions that exist in contemporary environmental debates. Then, after considering the strengths and weaknesses of anthropocentric and ecocentric ethical systems, the author provides an exposition of Aquinas’s understanding of the bonum naturalis, bonum connaturalis, and the bonum supernaturalis, as these are found in the Summa Theologiae. From these a eudaimonistic ethic emerges: human communities ought to pursue flourishing only in ways that simultaneously save the contextualizing ecosystems. This ethic is then applied to the particular case of the Loess Hills, producing an eudaimonistic ecoregionalism. This study should appeal to scholars working in environmental ethics, philosophy, theology, and ecology.

Human Dignity and the Common Good in the Aristotelian-Thomistic Tradition
1995 0-7734-2279-X
A comparison of the writings of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain, and Charlis De Koninck on the dignity of the individual and the common good, topics fundamental to Catholic social teaching.

Identity of Anselm's Proslogion Argument for the Existence of God with the Via Quarta of Thomas Aquinas
1990 0-88946-276-3
Begins by generally stating the relation between Anselm and Aquinas in arguing for the existence of God, then surveys the history of the tradition of interpretation of Anselm's argument and the Fourth Way of Aquinas, subsequently analyzing them comparatively to show the essential identity between the two arguments. Discusses Thomas Aquinas' supposed rejection of Anselm's Proslogion argument and addresses the viability of the Anselmian-Thomistic argument from degrees of perfection today.

Neoplatonic Metaphysics and Epistemology of Anselm of Canterbury
1997 0-7734-8622-4
Anselm is well-known for his "ontological" argument, for his discussion of the necessity of the Incarnation. This volume argues that Anselm is a Christian neoplatonist of the Augustinian variety, and thus that he is the inheritor of a powerful and systematic metaphysics and epistemology. The view that our world is an image of the divine mind and its ideas, a fragmented and temporal copy of the perfect, eternal unity which is God, leads Anselm to a strong exemplarism on the doctrine of the universals, and ultimately to a sane and sober theistic idealism. The discussion of Anselm's underlying metaphysics and epistemology concludes with a neoplatonic (and new) interpretation and defense of his most famous contribution, the Proslogion proof for the existence of God.

Study of the De Potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich Creation as Discipleship
1993 0-7734-2238-2
This study is a hermeneutical project, attempting to interpret Aquinas' creation doctrine, as found in the disputed question, De Potentia, in light of the creation teaching of Paul Tillich as articulated in the recently published Dogmatik of 1925. Applying the Tillichean hermeneutic, the study argues that Thomas' seemingly abstract and metaphysical account can and should be read as the encouragement of a Christ-like stance of pure receptivity on the part of the creature.

Toward a Thomist Methodology
1988 0-88946-779-X
Challenges the fundamental assumption of traditional Thomism that the esse/essence distinction drawn by St. Thomas Aquinas lies within the domain of philosophy (nature) rather than theology (grace), since Thomas himself supposed the substantial correlation of esse and essence to be natural, thereby relegating grace to the role of accident.

Virtue of Humility. A Thomistic Apologetic
2009 0-7734-4889-6
This work reconstructs humility by tracing a consistent but often unstated definition: humility is a virtue of self-knowledge acquired by the practice of other-centeredness.

Why a Fetus is a Human Person from the Moment of Conception. A Revisionist Interpretation of Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on Human Nature
2010 0-7734-1321-9
This work discusses Thomistic anthropology and natural law ethics, in relation to contemporary scientific knowledge. It presents the argument that human-ness and even personhood begins at conception. The ethical implications of this view are also considered.