Lapierre, Michael J.
About the author: Michael Lapierre received a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and a Licentiate in Theology from the University of St. Louis. He taught Metaphysics and Psychology in the Philosophical Department of Regis College, Toronto, before moving into the Theology Department where he taught Spiritual and Systematic Theology.1999 0-7734-7888-4
This study deals with the place Vasquez gives to the objective concept in its relation to the external word (speech), to truth (judgment), to knowledge (human cognition), and to being (reality). The crux of the matter lies in the relation which the objective concept of a thing has to the thing in itself. His teaching of the objective concept was opposed by his contemporary, John of St. Thomas. In this century, Jacques Maritain in his work Reflexions sur l’intelligence et sa vie propre, sees it as the source of the idealism of succeeding eras.
“There are hardly any English publications on Vasquez to date. Prof. Lapierre’s work is filling a gap; therefore, it is a must for any library in the English speaking world interested in medieval studies.” – Tibor Horvath