Schmid on Existential Inertia: A Systematic Analysis: Part I, Preliminary Remarks

I. Intro Anyone interested in classical theism, Thomistic/scholastic metaphysics and philosophy of religion, and, in particular, the work in natural theology of contemporary philosopher Ed Feser, is most likely already aware of the absolutely prolific oeuvre of Joe Schmid also … Continue reading Schmid on Existential Inertia: A Systematic Analysis: Part I, Preliminary Remarks

Is God Personal? Aquinas’s Arguments for the Divine Intellect

Most adherents of monotheistic faiths hold that God — whatever else this name may designate — is a reality that is in some sense “personal.” Consider the opening verses of the first chapter of Genesis, a text which has had … Continue reading Is God Personal? Aquinas’s Arguments for the Divine Intellect

Yandell’s Presentation and Analysis of the First Way

Keith E. Yandell was a respected philosopher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, retiring in 2011. He specialized in the philosophy of religion, and wrote the philosophy of religion volume for the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy series (which I highly … Continue reading Yandell’s Presentation and Analysis of the First Way

What is Existence? Aquinas’s Argument for Existence as Act

The question of what existence is/means is a controversial one in philosophy. In the last few centuries, the debate has largely centered around the question of whether existence is a predicate or property, especially in relation to ontological arguments for … Continue reading What is Existence? Aquinas’s Argument for Existence as Act

The Justice of Damnation contra Buckareff, Plug, and Adams

The following is a paper I wrote last year for a philosophy of religion class. I. Introduction Arguments against the doctrine of eternal damnation have historically been of at least two sorts: theological arguments, which attempt to show (typically on … Continue reading The Justice of Damnation contra Buckareff, Plug, and Adams

The Five Ways and Quantifier Shift Fallacies

In the recent debate hosted on the Pints with Aquinas show between Fr. Gregory Pine and Real Atheology host Ben Watkins, Watkins presented some objections to the quinque viae or five ways of St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the objections … Continue reading The Five Ways and Quantifier Shift Fallacies

Two Further Arguments against an Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

In a recent post I outlined an argument against the possibility of an infinite regress in a per se ordered causal series. This post outlines two further such arguments. The first I call the sufficiency argument: Every effect has its … Continue reading Two Further Arguments against an Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

An Argument against Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series

Aquinas (and other scholastics like Scotus) distinguish between at least two distinct types of causal series: per se and per accidens, or essentially and accidentally ordered series. A series of causes ordered per se is today often called a hierarchical … Continue reading An Argument against Infinite Regress in Per Se Ordered Causal Series