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1. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
Marie I. George Aquinas’s Teachings on Concepts and Words in His Commentary on John contra Nicanor Austriaco, OP
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In “Defending Adam After Darwin,” Nicanor Austriaco, OP, mounts a noteworthy defense of monogenism, part of which turns on the relationship between abstract thought and language. At a certain point, he turns to a passage from Aquinas’s Commentary on John to support two claims which he affirms without qualification: namely, that the capacity for forming abstract concepts corresponding to the quiddities of things presupposes the capacity for language and that we grasp concepts through words. In addition, he asserts that Aquinas is talking about abstraction in this passage. I argue that these three claims are based on a misreading of Aquinas. I then show that Aquinas would agree with the qualified claim that the formation of certain concepts presupposes the usage of words. I also show that Aquinas might accept with qualification the notion that the capacity for forming abstract concepts presupposes the capacity for language: namely, by way of disposition.
2. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
Christopher A. Bobier Aquinas on the Emotion of Hope: A Psychological or Theological Treatment?
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Hope is important in Thomas Aquinas’s account of the emotions: it is one of the four primary emotions and the first of the irascible emotions. Yet his account of hope as a movement of the sensory appetite toward a future possible good that is arduous to attain appears to be overly restrictive, for people often hope for things that are not cognized as arduous (e.g., when I hope for fine weather on my wedding day, that a professional athlete remains in good health, or that an experimental medicine is effective). This paper examines Aquinas’s reasons for limiting hope to arduous goods.
3. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
J. Caleb Clanton, Kraig Martin William of Ockham, Andrew of Neufchateau, and the Origins of Divine Command Theory
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William of Ockham is often thought to be the medieval progenitor of divine command theory (hereafter DCT). This paper contends that the origin of a thoroughgoing and fully reductive DCT position is perhaps more appropriately laid at the feet of Andrew of Neufchateau. We begin with a brief recapitulation of an interpretive dispute surrounding Ockham in order to highlight how there is enough ambiguity in his work about the metaphysical foundations of morality to warrant suspicion about whether he actually stands at the origin of DCT. We then show how all such ambiguity is jettisoned in the work of Andrew, who explicitly rejects a position similar to one plausibly attributable to Ockham and also articulates a fully reductive DCT.
4. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
David Torrijos-Castrillejo Was Báñez a Bañecian?
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This article deals with the historical position of Domingo Báñez in the De Auxiliis Controversy. He was a protagonist of the beginning of the dispute and his name was used by the defenders of Luis de Molina to describe the traditional Thomist account on divine providence and free will; even today, many Thomists use the name of Báñez to designate their own position. This article tries to determine his personal opinion regarding the ontology of physical premotion without presupposing the later development of Bañecian doctrine. Most Thomists conceive it as a kind of entity inherent in the creature, but Báñez did not interpret it this way in his own account. According to him, God moves the created will so that the free human act is the first new entity in the creature, and it is produced by both God and created free will.
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5. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
Edward Feser Précis of Aristotle’s Revenge
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Robert C. Koons Aristotelians and the A/B Theory Debate about Time: A Response to Feser’s Aristotle’s Revenge
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Stephen M. Barr Remarks on Aristotle’s Revenge
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8. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
Edward Feser In Defense of Aristotle’s Revenge: Reply to Koons and Barr
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9. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
Adam Wood Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas As Evangelical and Protestant. By Francis J. Beckwith
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Jennifer Newsome Martin Reimagining the Analogia Entis: The Future of Erich Przywara’s Christian Vision. By Philip John Paul Gonzales
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11. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly: Volume > 94 > Issue: 3
Michael Rota How Reason Can Lead to God: A Philosopher’s Bridge to Faith. By Joshua Rasmussen
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