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    World enough and form: why cosmology needs hylomorphism.John G. Brungardt - 2021 - Synthese 198 (11):2795-2827.
    This essay proposes a comprehensive blueprint for the hylomorphic foundations of cosmology. The key philosophical explananda in cosmology are those dealing with global processes and structures, the regularity of global regularities, and the existence of the global as such. The possibility of elucidating these using alternatives to hylomorphism is outlined and difficulties with these alternatives are raised. Hylomorphism, by contrast, provides a sound philosophical ground for cosmology insofar as it leads to notions of cosmic essence, the unity of complex essences, (...)
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  2. St. Thomas and Modern Natural Science: Reconsidering Abstraction from Matter.John G. Brungardt - 2018 - In Carlos A. Casanova & Ignacio Serrano del Pozo (eds.), Cognoscens in Actu Est Ipsum Cognitum in Actu: Sobre Los Tipos y Grados de Conocimiento,. pp. 433–471.
    The realism grounding St. Thomas Aquinas’s pre-modern natural science defends the reception of similitudes of the forms of things known by abstraction. Modern natural science challenges this abstractio- nist account by recasting «form» in the leading role of principle of intelligibility—instead of forms, modern science discovers laws. Thomistic realism is prima facie incompatible with this account. Following Charles De Koninck, this essay outlines a rapprochement between the epistemology of pre-modern, Thomistic natural science and its modern successor. I argue that natural (...)
     
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    Charles De Koninck and the Sapiential Character of Natural Philosophy.John G. Brungardt - 2016 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (1):1-24.
    In his early career, Charles De Koninck defended two theses: first, that natural philosophy and the modern sciences are formally distinct; and second, that natural philosophy is a qualified form of wisdom with respect to those particular sciences. Later in his career, De Koninck changed his mind about the first thesis. Does this change of mind threaten the coherence of his second thesis? First, I explain De Koninck’s original position on the real distinction between natural philosophy and the sciences and (...)
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    World Enough and Form: Why Cosmology Needs Hylomorphism.John G. Brungardt - 2019 - Synthese (Suppl 11):1-33.
    This essay proposes a comprehensive blueprint for the hylomorphic foundations of cosmology. The key philosophical explananda in cosmology are those dealing with global processes and structures, the regularity of global regularities, and the existence of the global as such. The possibility of elucidating these using alternatives to hylomorphism is outlined and difficulties with these alternatives are raised. Hylomorphism, by contrast, provides a sound philosophical ground for cosmology insofar as it leads to notions of cosmic essence, the unity of complex essences, (...)
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  5. A Thomistic Reply to Grünbaum’s Critique of Maritain on the Reality of Space.John G. Brungardt - forthcoming - In 2018 Proceedings of the American Maritain Association.
    A Thomistic ontology of spacetime seems impossible, given Thomas Aquinas’s (1224–1275) outdated science and mathematics. By extension, it would seem that his modern followers are foolhardy to attempt to defend such a view. Indeed, a critique of Jacques Maritain by Adolf Grünbaum proceeds apace, dismantling his attempts to save Thomistic philosophical realism from Einstein. However, Grünbaum’s attack was given in better form thirty years prior by the Belgian Thomist Charles De Koninck. The two critiques are analyzed here. De Koninck’s arguments (...)
     
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    Is Aristotelian-Thomistic Natural Philosophy Still Relevant to Cosmology?John G. Brungardt - forthcoming - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
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  7. 2018 Proceedings of the American Maritain Association.John G. Brungardt (ed.) - forthcoming
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  8. Proceedings of the IV Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista.John G. Brungardt (ed.) - forthcoming
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    Is Personal Dignity Possible Only If We Live in a Cosmos?John G. Brungardt - 2018 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 92:223-240.
    The Catholic Church has increasingly invoked the principle of human dignity as a way to spread the message of the Gospel in the modern world. Catholic philosophers must therefore defend this principle in service to Catholic theology. One aspect of this defense is how the human person relates to the universe. Is human dignity of a piece with the material universe in which we find ourselves? Or is our dignity alien in kind to such a whole? Or does the truth (...)
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  10. Operari sequitur esse y el principio de acción mínima.John G. Brungardt - forthcoming - In Proceedings of the IV Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Tomista.
    Discutamos el principio de la acción mínima (PMA) y su conexión con el axioma tomista operari sequitur esse. El PMA se llama uno de los principios más profundos de la naturaleza. Después de una exposición breve del principio, pasemos a investigar esto en tres etapas aporéticas. La primera etapa involucra una pregunta de prioridad: ¿el PMA—es una causa o un efecto? En la segunda etapa analizamos la conexión entre un comportamiento global y los individuos a escala local: ¿es el PMA (...)
     
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    Review of Naturaleza Creativa. [REVIEW]Geoffrey Woollard & John G. Brungardt - 2019 - Scientia et Fides 7 (1):247-267.
    The short monograph Creative Nature is a welcome contribution to the philosophy of nature that arose from interdisciplinary conversations between authors who are both up-to-date in the scientific literature and deeply grounded in the western intellectual tradition. The authors draw from modern physics, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, developmental biology and ecology to argue that nature is creative in the sense that an “open future” of our evolving world lies ahead. In this review essay, divided into three parts, we offer a chapter-by-chapter (...)
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    Review of Creative Nature. [REVIEW]Geoffrey Woollard & John G. Brungardt - 2020 - Scientia et Fides 8 (1):245-266.
    The short monograph Creative Nature is a welcome contribution to the philosophy of nature that arose from interdisciplinary conversations between authors who are both up-to-date in the scientific literature and deeply grounded in the western intellectual tradition. In this second part of our review essay, we offer three themes for further reflection: seeing the whole: synergy between philosophy of nature and empirical studies, boundary questions: philosophy of nature as a mediator of dialogue between science and religion, and whether the book (...)
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