New book on Aquinas's philosophy by Stephen Brock

Stephen L. Brock, professor of medieval philosophy at the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome, has just published a book entitled The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Sketch. Here is the book description from Cascade Books (an imprint of Wipf and Stock):

If Saint Thomas Aquinas was a great theologian, it is in no small part because he was a great philosopher. And he was a great philosopher because he was a great metaphysician. In the twentieth century, metaphysics was not much in vogue, among either theologians or even philosophers; but now it is making a comeback, and once the contours of Thomas's metaphysical vision are glimpsed, it looks like anything but a museum piece. It only needs some dusting off. Many are studying Thomas now for the answers that he might be able to give to current questions, but he is perhaps even more interesting for the questions that he can raise regarding current answers: about the physical world, about human life and knowledge, and (needless to say) about God. This book is aimed at helping those who are not experts in medieval thought to begin to enter into Thomas's philosophical point of view. Along the way, it brings out some aspects of his thought that are not often emphasized in the current literature, and it offers a reading of his teaching on the divine nature that goes rather against the drift of some prominent recent interpretations.

This sounds like an important new contribution. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing what in Brock's reading of Aquinas's teaching on the divine nature goes "against the drift of some prominent recent interpretations."

You can find out more information and purchase Brock's book here or here.

Aquinas and Whitehead

The managing editor of Open Theology, Katarzyna Tempczyk, has written to inform us of a special issue of the journal on Whitehead and Aquinas. The contributions come from papers delivered this past summer at the 10th International Whitehead Conference at the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California. The special issue is edited by Joseph Bracken, who also writes an introduction to the papers. All the papers can be accessed for free at the journal site.

Open Theology is a peer-reviewed open-access journal published by De Gruyter. If you would like further info on the journal, including submission guidelines, go here.

Thomism Conference by Dominican Friars Postponed

The friars of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) have held conferences on Thomism in 2010 (Warsaw) and 2013 (Washington, D.C.), with plans (as I had earlier noted) for another in 2016, to be hosted by the Toulouse Province of friars (publishers of the Revue Thomiste). However, due to several events already scheduled for 2016, including those connected with the 800th Jubilee of the Order, the conference has been postponed until 2017. 

While conference attendance has been restricted to Dominican friars, some of the presentations have been published, both for the 2010 conference (Dominicans and the Challenge of Thomism) and for the 2013 event (Nova et Vetera 12.4, Autumn 2014).