Comments on Fr. Thomas White’s Essay (2019) "Thomism for the New Evangelization"

Why does Thomism matter? In 2019, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., offers his insights on the promise of Thomism for the new evangelization. His argument touches on six key points. These comments show how Peirce’s categories and semiotics bring these key points, as well as the promise of Thomism, forward, in novel ways. Welcome to the Age of Triadic Relations. More

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About the Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times
Two models are used to appreciate now forgotten path stretching from Baroque scholastics to the present day. These models are the triadic structure of judgment and the category-based nested form. Two recent thinkers stand out. One is Jacques Maritain, originally born in France. He came to North America around the time of the second world war. He is keenly interested in how to recover a scholastic approach within this world of modern science. Another is John Deely, whose recent death marks the end of a long career as both a Thomist and a semiotician. Deely confronted the philosophers of the day in a very entertaining manner. This series contains comments on articles from journals such as the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Faith and Philosophy, as well as books, including Daniel Novotny excellent works on the Baroque scholastics. This series is not a course. It is a place to sample ideas. I encourage readers to consider both the original and the comments. They may be read in tandem or in sequence.

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About the Series: Empirio-schematics
In Philosophy of Nature (1935), Jacques Maritain wrestles with the modern sciences as opposed to natural philosophy. He considers the scholastic's concept of three degrees of abstraction: the physical, the typological and the extensive. Could these help in comprehending the opposition? Or, is there a trick? Yes, the triadic structure of judgment, along with Maritain’s three degrees of visualization, show how modern science and scholasticism have something in common.

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About the Series: A Course on Evolution and Thomism
This course is structured to appreciate the transformative potential of Peircean approaches to evolution and to scholastic philosophy. These topics are related. Can scholastic philosophy produce a theology of evolution? The answer is yes, especially when Peirce’s categories come into play. Peirce enlivens and revives scholastic concepts. The course begins with Speculations on Thomism and Evolution and concludes with Comments on Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight’s Book (2017) Adam and the Genome. Select four articles standing between these bookends.

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