Seminar: Minds today are given over to a background cosmological nihilism: a nihilism denying the belief that there is purpose independent of our own volitional determination; a nihilism become the unquestioned rule of the day. In contrast is the cosmological vision of Thomas Aquinas: a vision which sees in the fundamental principles of the universe an ordered whole, giving governance to all its parts, and perfect in itself.
[2020 Summer] Ethics: Sex
Seminar: In the word “sex” there is contained a twofold signification: the bifurcated biological nature of the individual and the complementary action toward which that birfucated nature is ordered. This seminar will study both significations, as two parts of a continuous whole, within the existence of the human person. This examination of sex in the light of personhood will be guided by a reading of Saint John Paul II’s Love & Responsibility, written while he was serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków in 1960.
[UPDATED – 3/26] Seminar: Introduction to Thomism
Sign up using the form below! View the Syllabus here This seminar is FREE to all Lyceum members. In light of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit both wallets and social practices, I am offering this seminar at half price, with deferred payment (i.e., pay me when you can--spread out, if need be) …
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Free Lecture – Thomistic Psychology: Action Theory
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Seminar: Thomistic Psychology – Action Theory
Beginning in the Fall of 2019, the Continuum Philosophical Insight Lyceum began a project of “Retrieving Thomistic Psychology” with an eight-week seminar that laid the foundations of an understanding that avoids the pitfalls of modern psychology. Now, in the Winter of 2020, a following “Thomistic Psychology - Action Theory” seminar will investigate the various operations …
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Seminar: Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
What is philosophy? Is it something we study—as subject, like biology or literature? Is it something each of us has, individually—as in, “my personal philosophy”? Is it a relic of history? An intellectual curiosity? A means to impress at cocktail parties and on social media? Or perhaps—as this seminar will attempt to demonstrate—philosophy is a …
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Classical Theism Podcast Interview
Dear readers, I recently did an interview with John DeRosa at ClassicalTheism.com, where we talked about my book, Introduction to Philosophical Principles, and a lot of other things besides! Head on over and give it a listen. John's a good interviewer and we had a good exchange. http://www.classicaltheism.com/kemple/
The following is a preview selection (rough draft) of the forthcoming Quaestiones de Quodlibet, Prima Series, based upon the questions I received this past July/August. This is the respondeo portion of q.1, "On Knowledge", a.1, "How does intellectual knowledge differ from sense knowledge?" I respond: We must distinguish the faculties and operations of sense perception and intellect. The …