Introduction to Philosophical Principles – Preview

After drafting, revising, editing, revising again, taking some space, and revising one last time, I have completed the text of the Introduction to Philosophical Principles.  I am still fine-tuning a few last things--the proverbial dotting of i's and crossing of t's--before I release the final, complete PDF, including figuring out what precisely I need to do …

Quo Vadis, Academe? Wisdom & the Ivory Tower

In an article published some years ago, Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ, made several salient points about the need for, despite the confusion about, authority in any society (2002: "Defending Authority" in Grasso and Hunt, eds., A Moral Enterprise: Essays in Honor of Francis Canavan, 107-25).  Most especially, as he noted, are the need and the confusion experienced in academia …

Thinking Beyond Academia

This phrase--"thinking beyond academia"--was written by a friend and colleague of mine in the context of working on a joint (forthcoming) project of ours, and specifically in reference to what I am attempting to do professionally.  I have since taken it up as a kind of tagline: Continuum Philosophical Insight is thinking beyond academia. With rare …

Scholastic Retrieve [2] – Philosophical Science: Necessity of Logic

Mention “logic” around the typical university today and you are likely to educe a variety of thoughts in your audience: perhaps something having to do with computer programming: loops, if, else, then statements, and so on; perhaps something to do with “postgenderist” ideology railing against the “illogic” of the political “right-wing”; maybe a very dry …

Scholastic Retrieve [1] – Philosophical Science: Congruence

In the first part of a new on-going series—a project of retrieval which brings Scholasticism to a living import for today—I am going to ask about the relationship between distinction and understanding.   This falls into a broader consideration of philosophical method.  Because philosophy is a science of “common reason”—i.e., it needs no other instrument than …