Good news: I’ve found a translation of Aristotle that is in the public domain, and so is free to be quoted without limit and without worry of copyright violation. I’ll be working in the next few weeks to replace the quotes in my posts with the new translation, but I’m not sure exactly how long this will take.
I’m still looking for public domain translations of Aquinas, especially of the Summa and the De Malo. If anyone is aware of these, please let me know! If it comes down to it, I could just use the Latin text and provide my own translation, but that would be a lot of extra work to put into blog posts (and also risks mistakes in my translation, seeing as I’m no expert Latinist, which could prove problematic).
In the meantime, as I mentioned in the previous update, I’m taking somewhat of a break from frequent posting, at least for a few weeks. But I have a lot planned for future posts, starting around late August. Stay tuned!
I meant to get one or two posts out last week but had some things come up and wasn’t able to. I might be publishing less over the next few weeks, but should get back to normal by the end of August/early September. My apologies.
Also, some unfortunate news: I’ve had to delete my reading Aristotle and reading Aquinas posts. I had thought that quoting from texts for the intention of commentary/educational purposes was allowed by fair use under copyright laws, and it is, but I recently discovered that quoting whole chapters might be pushing it. This was quite disappointing, as I had put quite a significant amount of time and work into those posts, and deleting one’s work is always difficult; but, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. In the future, I may continue the series but in different formats, with less direct quoting and more personal commentary. We’ll see. If I do that, eventually I may go back and do the same for the old chapters I’d already gone through, but that would be a lot of extra work. Anyways, my apologies for this as well.
Thanks and God bless,
I got my wisdom teeth taken out today. Much fun. So no new post.
I do, however, have an update: I’ve decided to make a Sens Homines Facebook page. It’s quite small at the moment, but if you’re on Facebook you can like it here: https://www.facebook.com/senshomines/. There’s also a link to it on the righthand side of this page.
I’m not entirely sure what its use will be yet. At the moment I’m thinking at least shorter thoughts that do not merit a full blog post, as well as quotes or other articles I find intriguing. I’m open to suggestions. If you’re interested, give it a like.
Meanwhile, I’m currently working on an article on the Kalam Cosmological Argument. Since there’s so much material on this particular argument, and since most readers are probably already at least generally familiar with it, I thought I’d give a unique approach by considering it from a historical point of view, at least at first, before getting into more contemporary discussion about it. It should be posted sometime next week.
Until then, thanks!
*In light of Valentine’s Day, a third dialogue on the nature of love. The first can be read here and the second here. All characters and events are fictional, and are used to convey philosophical arguments. My own personal views are not necessarily reflected by the views of any characters or statements herein; the dialogue is just meant to work out and develop some thoughts.
Thomas: So do we now understand what love is?
Reuben: I think we have a start.
Thomas: What more would you want to say? We have agreed that love is the active will for the good of the other, and that the emotions follow the will, but that the emotions also feed the will, and the will is directed towards certain emotions.
Reuben: I agree that this is one account of love. But I wonder if it is the whole of love?
Thomas: What could there be beyond this?
Reuben: Before I answer that, I have another question.
Thomas: Ask it!
Reuben: We said much earlier that love cannot be a desire, since desire results from some need or incompleteness within ourselves, and hence to desire another must ultimately be selfish, merely wanting to use the person as a means to an end of our own emotional fulfillment.
Thomas: We did indeed say this.
Reuben: But must it be true that all desire as such results from some need or incompleteness within us? Continue reading
More links to articles that I’ve been reading and highly recommend!
Divine Impassibility and Our Suffering God. An extremely interesting theological/philosophical article about the doctrine of divine impassibility, and how it relates to other important theological issues such as christology and the trinity.
A difficulty for Craig’s kalam cosmological argument? The latest post from Ed Feser about William Lane Craig’s version of the kalam cosmological argument.
Pro-Nicene Theology. A brief post from Zondervan Academic about divine simplicity.
Materialism Denigrates Matter. An interesting, and certainly controversial, short article about the results of a materialistic worldview.
How to Think Like Shakespeare. A great article about education.
Finally, since Mother Teresa was officially canonized this week, a few articles concerning her and the process of canonization:
Jesus Visits Town, Trailing Controversy: If the mainstream media covered Jesus the way it covered Mother Teresa (satire).
Mother Teresa to become saint amid criticism over miracles and missionaries.
When Mother Teresa Came to Washington (I haven’t personally finished reading this one yet).
*Note: I do not necessarily agree with, either in part or in whole, any of the articles, or authors thereof, listed above. They are just articles I found interesting to read and think about, and thought might be worth sharing.
I should have a new, actual post out sometime within the next week. Until then, I’ve added several new features to the blog that I thought I’d bring attention to.
First, I have added a new page called “Post Directory.” This page contains links to posts on my blog that are organized by series, to make finding specific posts easier. You can access it via the menu above, or by clicking here.
Second, I’ve added a blogroll, a list of links to high quality blogs that I regularly follow and highly recommend. If you look on the right hand side of the page and scroll down, you’ll see the blogroll underneath Archives.
Both of these new features will be updated regularly!
As I wrote in my personal update, I’m busy settling in at school so I haven’t had much time to write. So here are a few links from other blogs that I’ve been reading and would recommend. I’ll return to full length posts hopefully sometime in the next few weeks.
Does the Law of Inertia Disprove the Argument from Motion? via Last Eden. This is a post by philosopher Eve Keneinan about inertia and Aquinas’s First Way. Newton’s Laws are often a common objection to the argument from motion; Ed Feser has responded to this objection in his books The Last Superstition and Aquinas, and more comprehensively in his essay Existential Inertia and the Five Ways. Eve offers an excellent treatment of this topic in a concise post.
A Pilgrim’s Regress: George John Romanes and the Search for Rational Faith. An interesting article about the journey to faith of George John Romanes.