Cover of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
Already a subscriber? - Login here
Not yet a subscriber? - Subscribe here

Browse by:


  • Issue: 1

Displaying: 1-12 of 12 documents


articles
1. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Christof Betschart The Constitution of the Human Person as Discovery and Awakening
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Scholars strive, in their treatment of Stein’s work, to express both a phenomenological concept of the human person, characterized by conscious and free spiritual activity, and a metaphysical concept of the person, seen as an individual essence unfolding throughout life. In Stein’s work, the two concepts are not simply juxtaposed, nor is there a shift from one to the other. Stein integrates her phenomenological research into a metaphysical framework. In the present contribution, I endeavor to show that Stein’s interpretation of Husserl’s concept of constitution focuses on the question of whether this constitution is to be understood realistically or idealistically and on the question of the constituting subject. I shall argue that Stein’s interpretation of constitution is closely linked to the lived experience she calls already in her early writings “self-discovery” and “awakening.”
2. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Gregory R. P. Stacey Perfect Being Theology and Analogy
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Thomas Williams has argued that the doctrine of univocity (the thesis that God and creatures can be predicated of univocally) is true and salutary. Such a claim is frequently contested, particularly in regard to the property—if there be any such—of existence or being. Inspired by the thought of Francisco Suárez, I outline a way of understanding the thesis of the analogy of being that avoids the criticisms levelled by Williams and others against analogy. I further suggest that the metaphysically committed version of univocal predication favoured by many analytic philosophers of religion causes difficulties for the practice of perfect being theology, which is often taken to play an important role in the construction of kataphatic philosophical theologies. My exposition of the analogy of being is, I suggest, better fitted to the practice of perfect being theology and, thus, salutary for the practice of Christian natural theology.
3. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Yul Kim Why Does the Wood Not Ignite Itself? Duns Scotus’s Defense of the Will’s Self-Motion
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
The goal of this paper is to analyze the response of John Duns Scotus to Godfrey of Fontaines’s argument against Henry of Ghent’s theory of the will’s self-motion. Godfrey’s argument is that, if the object is assumed to be causa sine qua non and the efficient causality is totally attributed to the will in the act of volition, it would also follow that not only the will’s motion but every motion in nature, such as, for example, the igniting of wood, is a self-motion. In this paper, I will explain that Scotus’s refutation of this argument in Reportatio II, d. 25 is based on his reflection upon the general possibility of self-motion as well as upon the indeterminacy of the will’s act. In doing so, I will show that the development of Scotus’s theory of the will’s motion is closely related to his universalized theory of self-motion.
4. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Patrick H. Byrne Curiosity: Vice or Virtue? Augustine and Lonergan
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Two recent studies by Joseph Torchia and Paul Griffiths show the importance of Augustine’s critique of the vice of curiositas to contemporary life and thought. Superficially, it might seem that Augustine condemned curiosity because it “seeks to find out whatever it wishes without restriction of any kind.” Though profoundly influenced by Augustine, Bernard Lonergan praised intellectual curiosity precisely insofar as it is motivated by an unrestricted desire to know, rather than by less noble motives. Drawing upon the researches of Torchia and Griffiths, this article endeavors to show that Augustine does not simply equate curiositas with an unrestricted desire to know, and that the virtue of intellectual curiosity as Lonergan understood it is in fact endorsed by Augustine by means of its relationship to the virtue of studiositas. This more nuanced view of the virtues and vices of intellect can provide guidance for contemporary intellectual pursuits, both how to pursue and not to pursue knowledge.
5. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Paul A. Macdonald Jr. Acknowledging Animal Rights: A Thomistic Perspective
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
In this article, I show how it is possible, working from a Thomistic perspective, to affirm the existence of animal rights. To start, I show how it is possible to ascribe indirect rights to animals—in particular, the indirect right to not be treated cruelly by us. Then, I show how it is possible to ascribe some direct rights to animals using the same reasoning that Aquinas offers in defending the claim that animals have indirect rights. Next, I draw on elements of Aquinas’s metaphysical worldview in order to buttress the claim that animals have direct rights. I then respond to an attempt to ground the ethical treatment of animals, but not direct rights for animals, in natural law. In conclusion, I affirm that it is permissible to use animals to further the human good so long as in doing so we respect the direct rights that they possess.
disputed questions
6. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP Thomistic Thoughts About Thought and Talk
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
7. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Marie George Does Knowing What Things Are Require Language (As a System of Physical or Imaginable Signs)?
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
8. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP On the Limits of Abstraction: A Response to Professor Marie Georg
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
9. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Marie George A Rambutan by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet: Response to Professor Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
book reviews
10. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
James M. Jacobs From Human Dignity to Natural Law: An Introduction. By Richard Berquist. Foreword by Steven J. Jensen
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
11. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Philip Rolnick John Henry Newman on Truth and its Counterfeits: A Guide For Our Times. By Reinhard Hütter
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
12. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 95 > Issue: 1
Daniel Shields Intention, Character, and Double Effect. By Lawrence Masek
view |  rights & permissions | cited by