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    Nature and Modernity.Christopher O. Blum - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:51-62.
    A conspicuous feature of modernity has been the rejection of nature as an authoritative ground of intelligibility and value, a position once defended by nearly all Catholic philosophers. Since Fr. Ernan McMullin’s 1969 article, “Philosophies of Nature,” however, the philosophy of nature has been eclipsed by the philosophy of science in mainstream Catholic philosophy. After examining McMullin’s reasons for setting aside the philosophy of nature and Thomas Nagel’s recent re-affirmation of the possibility of a philosophical reflection upon nature prior to (...)
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    “Property” Characterization and the Status of Accidental Unities in Aquinas.Lindsay K. Cleveland - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:237-253.
    Jeffrey Brower argues that Aquinas’s hylomorphic account of change entails a distinction between “property” possession and “property” characterization. Given that and Brower’s assumption that Aquinas’s fundamental hylomorphic compounds are material substances and accidental unities, it follows that material substances are not characterized by the accidents they possess. In order to avoid that counterintuitive consequence, Brower stipulates a form of derivative property characterization and a numerical sameness without identity relation, which together enable him to affirm that material substances are derivatively characterized (...)
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    Dispositive Causality and the Art of Medicine.Chad Engelland - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:159-170.
    For many philosophers, the relation of medicine to health is exemplary for understanding the relation of human power to nature in general. Drawing on Heidegger and Aquinas, this paper examines the relation of art to nature as it emerges in the second book of Aristotle’s Physics, and it does so by articulating the duality of efficient causality. The art of medicine operates as a dispositive cause rather than as a perfective cause; it removes obstacles to the achievement of health, but (...)
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    God is Love.Maria Fedoryka - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:105-114.
    These reflections will, firstly, propose a philosophical solution to the Trinitarian problem of the “three-in-one,” and secondly, show how love is foundational to the divine being. Beginning with the Aristotelian notion of substance, I will show how substance undergoes a first modification in the consideration that substance finds its fullest realization in a person existing in a love-relation with another person. The highest instance of this, in turn, will prove to be found in persons whose very essences are constituted by (...)
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  5. Belonging to the WORD Made Flesh.Daniel E. Flores - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:27-37.
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    Linda Trinkhaus Zagzebski, 2017 Aquinas Medalist.William A. Frank - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:17-19.
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    Doxastic Involuntarism and Evidentialism.Joseph Gamache - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:81-92.
    It is a curious feature of early modern epistemology and its contemporary heirs in analytic philosophy that belief is held both to be involuntary, and to be subject to a prescriptive norm of evidence. I begin by laying out these theses, pointing out the tension that exists between them, as well as discussing how they put pressure on religious faith. I then ask why the first thesis—doxastic involuntarism—has come to be so dominant. Following my diagnosis, I advance reasons to think (...)
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  8. The Mystical is Everything Speculative.Karl Hahn - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:93-104.
    Hegel is a towering figure in modern philosophy, and he is interestingly a thinker for whom philosophical modernity and traditional religion are necessary partners in the pursuit of shared truth. In this paper, I use Hegel’s unique rendition on natural theology as a test-case for examining the intersection of traditional Christian religion and Idealist reason in Hegel’s philosophical modernity. Specifically, I raise the question of whether Hegel’s philosophy of religion is faithful to what philosopher William Desmond has called the “religious (...)
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  9. Learning From Art and History: The Limits of Philosophy.John Haldane - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:39-50.
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    Things Within Things? Toward an Ontology of the Firm.Joshua Lee Harris - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:225-236.
    The burgeoning analytic literature on “social ontology”—that is, the properly ontological status of “social” phenomena, such asinstitutions, firms and nation-states—has yielded some promising avenues of research for economists interested in the economic agency of groups as opposed to individual persons. Following M. D. Ryall, in this paper I offer a preliminary sketch of an ontology of social entities inspired by the work of Bernard Lonergan and the Aristotelian metaphysical tradition.
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    LAUDATO SI, Modernity, and Catholic Aesthetics.Thomas Hibbs - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:1-15.
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    Secretary’s Report.Mirela Oliva - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:257-261.
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  13. Minutes of the 2017 Executive Council Meeting.Mirela Oliva - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:255-256.
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    A Fruitful Crisis of Belief.Matthew Pietropaoli - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:115-126.
    The philosopher Hans Jonas penned several essays illustrating how modern thought represents a revolutionary overturning of previously held religious beliefs. The new paradigms of thought toppled prior worldviews of Christianity. Thus, modernity represents a crisis for religious belief. Yet, Jonas contends that modern thought may paradoxically provide the occasion for a deeper encounter with God. This paper will examine Jonas’s discussions on both the challenge and opportunity which modern thought presents to Christianity. First, I will address Jonas’s understanding of how (...)
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  15. Catholic Hylomorphism, Disembodied Consciousness, and Temporary Bodies.Michael Potts - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:171-183.
    This paper considers the possibility of a disembodied conscious soul, arguing that a great deal of current research converges in a direction that denies the possibility of a bodiless consciousness for human beings. Contemporary attacks on Cartesianism also serve as attacks on the view of some hylomorphist Catholics, such as Thomas Aquinas, that there can be a disembodied consciousness between death and resurrection, a view that violates the Catechism of the Catholic Church. However, there may be a way out for (...)
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    Restrictive Versus Permissive Double Effect.Gregory M. Reichberg - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:211-223.
    The doctrine of double effect can have two different functions, permissive and restrictive. According to the first function, agents are exculpated from the negative consequences of their actions, consequences that would be deemed illicit were they intentionally chosen. According to the second, agents are reminded that they are responsible, albeit in a distinctive manner, for the foreseeable damages that flow from their chosen actions. Aquinas has standardly been credited with a permissive version of DDE. I argue by contrast that the (...)
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    Complex Survivalism, Or: How to Lose Your Essence and Live to Tell About It.Jeremy W. Skrzypek - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:185-199.
    Of those who defend a Thomistic hylomorphic account of human persons, “survivalists” hold that the persistence of the human person’s rational soul between death and the resurrection is sufficient to maintain the persistence of the human person herself throughout that interim. According to survivalists, at death, and until the resurrection, a human person comes to be temporarily composed of, but not identical to, her rational soul. One of the major objections to survivalism is that it is committed to a rejection (...)
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  18. Grace, Natura Pura, and the Metaphysics of Status.Mark K. Spencer - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:127-143.
    Christian Personalists have objected to Thomism’s claim that humans could have existed in a state of pure nature, on the grounds that this claim entails that historical states like grace do not give fundamental meaning to us, that these states are merely accidental, and that it led to modern secularism. I show that Thomism can affirm its traditional claims regarding grace and pure nature, while denying the first two implications, by developing the Thomistic metaphysics of status. In Thomism rightly understood (...)
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  19. Understanding Hylomorphic Dualism.Marco Stango - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:145-158.
    In this paper I will claim that the standard interpretation of Aquinas’s philosophy of mind is not satisfactory. A better reading is possible, which I will call strong hylomorphic dualism. Thus, I intend to do three things: first, I introduce strong hylomorphic dualism by highlighting the shortcomings of the standard reading, to which I will refer as weak hylomorphic dualism; second, I reconstruct two arguments provided by Aquinas to prove that his position is in fact best understood as strong hylomorphic (...)
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    A Geachian Cure for Morally Paralyzed Skeptical Theists.Christopher Tomaszewski - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:73-80.
    Skeptical theism is a popular response to the evidential problem of evil, but it has recently been accused of proving too much. If skeptical theism is true, its detractors claim, then we not only have no good reason for thinking that God’s reasons for action should be available to creatures like us, but we also have no good reason for thinking that the reasons which govern how we ought to act should be available to creatures like us. And given this (...)
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    Elementary Particles Are Not Substances.Robert Verrill - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:63-72.
    The doctrine of the salvation of souls is obviously central to our Christian faith. Yet one of the challenges of communicating this truth is that many people have ontological commitments that don’t even allow for the existence of souls. Therefore, a philosophical understanding of physical reality which is compatible with a Christian understanding of the human person is especially important if we are to preach the Gospel effectively in the modern age. Like many Christian philosophers, I believe that St. Thomas (...)
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  22. Frontiers of Analogous Justice.Hilary Yancey - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:201-210.
    In this paper I argue for a Thomistic alternative to Martha Nussbaum’s justice for animals as outlined in Frontiers of Justice. I argue that an account of analogous justice between humans and animals can generate real and robust obligations towards animals. I first show how Aquinas’s treatment of nonhuman animals in the questions on law evince a wider, shared community between humans and animals by which we see animals and humans as equally under divine providence. I then argue that while (...)
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    The Two Greatest Ideas.Linda Zagzebski - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:21-26.
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