Sens Homines One Year Anniversary

Exactly one year ago today, on April 10, 2016, I posted my first actual blog post on Sens Homines: an introduction to Aquinas’ Argument from Motion or First Way. A lot has changed for me in this past year, but blogging here has been a great joy and source of growth. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has read or responded at all over these twelve months, and am excited to see where the blog can go in the future.

Writing about the Five Ways has kind of been the heart and soul of the whole blog, so it’ll feel a bit strange once I finish this last series on the Fifth Way. Of course I’ll come back to the arguments often, but I also want to move on to some new topics.

In particular, here are a few things I want to start writing about, probably this summer:

  1. Ethics
  2. Philosophy of Mind
  3. The Kalam (I’d like to take an in depth look at the argument, since as of now I’m not really sure where I stand on it; I lean towards thinking it doesn’t work).
  4. Fine Tuning (same as above)
  5. Moral Arguments

As always, if there are any recommendations for topics, I’d be happy to consider them.

Thanks again to everyone! Here’s hoping to many more years to come.




5 thoughts on “Sens Homines One Year Anniversary

  1. Congratulations, Harrison, upon completing a year of philosophy blogs. I have enjoyed reading them and, occasionally, commenting. Of the new topics you mentioned above, I would like to see posts on philosophy of mind and on fine tuning. Best wishes for future blogging.

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    • Thank you very much! I always enjoy our interactions. I will be sure to make philosophy of mind and fine tuning some of my priorities for this summer. Until then, if you’d like material to look into on fine tuning I might suggest the work of Luke Barnes. I think he has some online articles, I may try to find some links later tonight


  2. Your blog has been a consistent source of insight on Aquinas. I find myself drawn to his metaphysical system as it answers and deals with a lot of questions that modern philosophy following Descartes has been unable to adequately deal with. I look forward as well on your writings on philosophy of mind and the kalaam argument. During the enlightenment period when Descartes advanced his mechanistic philosophy were there scholastic philosophers who responded and refuted his thinking? History only tells us about Descartes, Locke, Hume and how their philosophy dismantled scholasticism convincingly.
    Congratulations on the anniversary and keep writing as clearly and concisely as you do.


    • Thank you very much for reading and commenting, I’m glad that you’ve been drawn to the philosophy of St. Thomas as well! I am fairly sure that during the enlightenment at least some thinkers here and there would’ve defended Scholasticism against the mechanism which Descartes enacted, but as far as I can tell they were very few and far between. It has only really been in the last century or so that scholasticism has received a bit of revival. I’m fascinated by the history of philosophy, and may be writing a bit about it as well in the coming months. Thanks again!


  3. I see you mentioned Luke Barnes in a previous comment; he’s been a good source on fine-tuning for me and my blog posts. If you’re interested, I’ve written a few posts on fine-tuning that may be of interest to you. Most recently, I called into the web show “The Atheist Experience,” which was hosted by Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris. I’ve tried to respond to many of their objections, which you may find useful:
    1. The Anthropic Principle
    2. Theism has not yet been shown possible.
    3. Fine-tuning asserts significance after the fact.

    My very first blog post deals with some others
    1. God doesn’t need to fine-tune anything.
    2. The designer must be more designed or finely-tuned.

    You get the idea. Anyhow, those posts might get the wheels turning on some ideas for you. I really enjoy your writing style and you put out high-quality content regularly. You’re a great example for the depth of research I aspire to have for my own blogs, which, frankly, have only incorporated a handful of sources here and there. Blessings and best of luck to you as you continue your new blog.


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