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.

Bilingual (Latin/English) Hardcover Editions of Aquinas -- Update

As many readers will already know, The Aquinas Institute for the Study of Sacred Doctrine, headquartered in lovely Lander, Wyoming, still nurtures the ambition -- with the help of Divine Providence and the support of Thomists (and other people who still read books) -- of publishing the Complete Works of the Angelic Doctor in a uniform, hardcover, bilingual edition. Lest this sound like an absurd prospect, it seemed a good time to issue a reminder of the volumes already produced (and ALWAYS in print!) as well as volumes currently in production or in the final stages of editing.

vol. 13 -- Summa theologiae, Prima Pars, qq. 1-49
vol. 14 -- Summa theologiae, Prima Pars, qq. 50-119
vol. 15 -- Summa theologiae, Prima Secundae, qq. 1-70
vol. 16 -- Summa theologiae, Prima Secundae, qq. 71-114
vol. 17 -- Summa theologiae, Secunda Secundae, qq. 1-91
vol. 18 -- Summa theologiae, Secunda Secundae, qq. 92-189
vol. 19 -- Summa theologiae, Tertia Pars, qq. 1-59
vol. 20 -- Summa theologiae, Tertia Pars, qq. 60-90
vol. 33 -- Commentary on Matthew 1-12
vol. 34 -- Commentary on Matthew 13-28
vol. 35 -- Commentary on John 1-8
vol. 36 -- Commentary on John 9-21
vol. 37 -- Commentary on Romans
vol. 38 -- Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians
vol. 39 -- Commentary on Galatians & Ephesians
vol. 40 -- Commentary on Phil, Col, 1-2 Thess, 1-2 Tim, Titus, Philemon
vol. 41 -- Commentary on Hebrews

(These volumes are available at Amazon either singly or as sets: the Summa theologiae; the Matthew & John; the Pauline letters.)

vol. 7 -- Commentary on the Sentences IV, dd. 1-13
vol. 8 -- Commentary on the Sentences IV, dd. 14-25
vol. 9 -- Commentary on the Sentences IV, dd. 26-42
vol. 10 -- Commentary on the Sentences IV, dd. 43-50
vol. 11 -- Summa contra gentiles I-II
vol. 12 -- Summa contra gentiles III-IV
vol. 21 -- Supplement to the Summa theologiae (part 1)
vol. 22 -- Supplement to the Summa theologiae (part 2)
vol. 32 -- Commentary on Job

Of these, the one closest to completion is the Job commentary, which we are very excited about. To anticipate some other likely questions:

(1) We have a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete a translation of Book IV of Aquinas's Sentences commentary, with introduction and notes. This project is humming along nicely, and, unsurprisingly, dovetails nicely with the edition of the Summa Supplement that we will be rolling out, for those who want to be able to refer to the latter. It will soon be possible to consult easily the original setting from which all the text of the Supplement was lifted almost verbatim, namely, Super IV Sententiarum, which will include a clear chart of the correspondences between the two works.

(2) We do intend to move ahead into Books I, II, and III of the Sentences commentary, as we wrap up Book IV and as more funding becomes available. Indeed, translators are already at work on the translations, but it's a massive project, as anyone who has ever spent time with the Sentences commentary knows.

(3) The Aristotelian commentaries are on the backburner, but we intend to bring those forward as soon as we get some other volumes launched.

(4) Lastly, we print our books in fairly small batches so that we can keep our immediate costs down and, at the same time, make corrections of typos or mistranslations that we discover or others bring to our attention. (Our translations have mostly been obtained from public domain sources and, as readers of the familiar English Dominican edition are aware, these translations are not free of all flaws.) Our goal is to improve these books with persistence so that they will remain not only the most attractive and convenient editions but will become the most accurate and authoritative.

We do rely on people like you buying these books, spreading knowledge of them, recommending them to professors or scholars, ordering them for courses or bookshops, and, in general, helping us to stay in business so that we can continue the publishing project for many, many years to come. Thanks and God Bless!


ACPQ Rising Scholar Contest - $3000

The ACPQ is holding its Rising Scholar Contest again:

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ) is pleased to announce its third annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest. Any scholar who will not have attained the rank of associate professor by September 1, 2015, is invited to submit a paper that contributes to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition. The winning essay will be published in the ACPQ and specially designated in the journal as winner of the contest.

The author of a single-authored winning paper will receive a $3000 award and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA). Each co-author of a co-authored winning paper will receive a share, equal to that of the other co-author(s), of a $3000 award, together with a free one-year membership for in the ACPA. All co-authors of the winning paper must be below the rank of associate professor at the time of the submission deadline, September 1, 2015. Author(s) need not be members of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Saint Thomas & Eschatology in Toulouse

A symposium, “Saint Thomas et l’Eschatologie,” sponsored by the Revue Thomiste and the Institut Saint-Thomas d’Aquin in Toulouse, France, will take place April 24-25, 2015. The event will feature over a dozen presenters (full disclosure: including moi) from institutions of higher learning in France, the United States, Belgium, Italy, and Israel.