Memorial Symposium for Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O.P. (November 5-7, 2015, Ottawa, Ontario)

Dominican University College has issued a call for papers for an upcoming memorial symposium for Fr. Lawrence Dewan, O. P.:

"The Philosophy of Lawrence Dewan: Metaphysics and Ethics. Professor Lawrence Dewan, O.P., enriched the areas of Thomistic metaphysics, natural philosophy and ethics for over forty years. With the outstanding lucidity, depth and comprehensiveness of his work, Father Dewan’s research has become a point of reference for scholars working on various aspects of the legacy of Thomas Aquinas. The specific theme of the Metaphysics and Ethics symposium is intended in part to elicit thinking on the personal contribution of Father Lawrence Dewan to both areas of philosophical research."

On a related note, a memorial notice for Fr. Dewan written by Steven Baldner was just published in The Review of Metaphysics.


CTSA Proceedings 1946-2014 available online

The Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America are available online (for free). You can find them here. The Proceedings archive spans from the foundation of the CTSA in 1946 to the present. As of this posting, the latest available Proceedings are from 2014. You can read the papers online or download them as PDF files.

Deification According to Thomas Aquinas: A New Book From Sapientia Press

Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University has just published a new volume in its "Faith and Reason" series. The book, The Glory of God's GraceDeification According to St. Thomas Aquinas, by Dr. Daria Spezzano of Providence College, treats the intelligibility of "the radical claim that God creates human beings with the possibility of sharing, as God's adopted children, in the divine life" (1). The work includes seven chapters, two appendices—that is, 390 pages of Prof. Spezzano's  erudite scholarship and contemplative appreciation for St. Thomas's rich theology of deification.

From the back cover:

The Glory of God's Grace offers the first full-length comprehensive study of Thomas's teaching on deification in its scriptural, patristic, philosophical, developmental, and systematic context. Daria Spezzano traces Thomas's theology of deification throughout the Summa, exploring in depth how the notion of deification links his treatments of the divine missions and image, the journey to beatitude through the moral life, adopted sonship through Christ and his sacraments, and the deiform worship of the beatific vision. Also examined are Thomas's other works, in particular his Scripture commentaries, as well as the evolution of his thought. Spezzano argues that Thomas's theology of deification in the Summa theologiae demonstrates his mature vision of God's loving and sapiential ordering of predestined human persons to communion with himself by a progressive participation in the divine likeness and activity, accounting for both the primacy of divine causality in all its modes and the fullness of graced human freedom. The fruit of this theology is ultimately doxological: the deification of adopted sons gives praise to God's glory by fully manifesting God's gracious plan to share the divine life with rational creatures.


Corrections of the scholarly record are necessary for maintaining the integrity of the repository of published works. Previous postings have noted retractions issued by publishers for a case of serial plagiarism involving Thomistic studies (here and here).

Retractions for a new, unrelated case of serial plagiarism have recently been issued for articles dealing with late Scholastic economic thought. These articles have appeared under the name Francisco Gómez Camacho S. J. The first retraction for a plagiarized article is found in the latest issue of Journal of Markets and Morality 17.2 (2014): 349–352. Titled “Plagiarism in a Digital Age,” the retraction states:

a number of direct, substantial, and nearly verbatim sections were found that corresponded with places in Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson’s magisterial work, The School of Salamanca [...] without attribution or other normal means of signaling to the reader that the words on the page are not original to the author of record.

The second retraction for a plagiarized book chapter appears on the website of the publisher Brill. The retraction notes that this chapter is:

retracted because of serious citation problems (in some cases the original sources are not mentioned at all). It goes without saying that Brill strongly disapproves of such practices, which represent a serious breach of publication integrity.

This now-retracted chapter, which covers such figures as the Dominicans Francisco de Vitoria and Domingo de Soto, has been frequently cited in discussions of scholastic economic thought. For a third case of plagiarism, the publisher Rowman and Littlefield has suspended sales of the volume containing a chapter that is nearly identical to abovementioned article retracted for plagiarism by Journal of Markets and Morality. (The publisher has not, however, corrected the scholarly record by issuing a statement of retraction for this chapter.) 

The three abovementioned works are: 

  • Francisco Gómez Camacho, “Introduction: Luis de Molina, S. J.: Life, Studies, and Teaching,” Journal of Markets & Morality 8.1 (2005): 167–198.

  • Francisco Gómez Camacho S. J., “Later Scholastics: Spanish Economic Thought in the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries,” in Ancient and Medieval Economic Ideas and Concepts of Social Justice, ed. S. Todd Lowry and Barry Gordon (Leiden: Brill, 1998), 503–561.

  • Francisco Gómez Camacho S. J., “Introduction: Luis de Molina, S.J.: Life, Studies, and Teaching,” in Sourcebook in Late-Scholastic Monetary Theory, ed. Stephen J. Grabill (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), 111–135.

Roger Nutt's translation of the De unione verbi Incarnati

Roger Nutt has just published a translation of Aquinas's De unione Verbi incarnati with Peeters. The volume is part of the Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations series that Peeters publishes. Dr. Nutt is a professor of theology at Ave Maria University and the editor of Here is the blurb from the Peeters' site:

This volume contains the first publication in book form of an English translation of Thomas Aquinas’s controversial disputed question De unione Verbi incarnati. This disputed question is a remarkable portal into the Angelic Doctor’s theology of the hypostatic union, which is recognized as an area in which Aquinas forged some of his most original and penetrating articulations of the Christian faith. In the De unione Verbi incarnati Aquinas presents in five articles material that occupies more than eighteen questions in the third part of the Summa theologiae. The attribution of an esse secundarium to Christ, in the fourth article of the De unione, has been the object of intense debate, for it seems to contradict the account of the Summa.

In addition to Professor Nutt’s English translation, the volume includes the critical Latin text published by Barbara Bartocci, Klaus Obenauer, and Walter Senner, as well as a substantial introduction. Professor Nutt’s introduction carefully unfolds the historical background, technical concepts, sources, and speculative claims needed for understanding the breadth of the biblical and metaphysical contemplation represented in this work; it also includes a detailed exploration of the debate over the fourth article.

Here is the book's page at the Peeters site and here is its page at Amazon.