Third scholasticism redux

Fr. James Schall has a laudatory review of Ed Feser's Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction. I interviewed interviewed Feser about his new book here at Thomistica.net in November. In fact, at the beginning of his review Fr. Schall quotes from that interview. The last paragraph of Fr. Schall's review is worth reproducing here in toto:

In Feser’s little “manual,” we have the seeds of something great, the realization that, on philosophical grounds themselves, the scholastic tradition in the heritage of Aristotle and Aquinas is in fact the newest thing in academia. The only people who do not know this are likely to be academicians, but they are often out-of-date. We need, as I have often said, to go to the books that tell the truth, not only tell it, but know what it is on the basis of reason and argument. This book on “scholastic metaphysics” is precisely one of these books. If professors do not assign it, let the student read it by himself. If the department won’t consider it, go elsewhere to find someone who will. For we sense that, in our increasingly decadent culture, there is light in the darkness, a light that has been burning all along in obscure texts that a small but growing number of scholars like Edward Feser thought worthy to read.

More De Koninck online

This is a supplement to Mark's previous post. A few days ago, while doing research for something I was writing, I was looking for some online De Koninck resources. Besides the site mentioned by Mark, I also came across two more: the Charles De Koninck page at goodcatholicbooks.org and the Charles De Koninck Archive at Scribd.com.

Pope appoints new members of the International Theological Commission

Today the Vatican released the names of the 30 members of the International Theological Commission for the new five-year term (2014-2019). Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP, will be returning as the secretary general of the ITC. A press release from the ITC about all of this can be found here. Members of the ITC are proposed by the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in consultation with national bishops' conferences and officially appointed by the pope. The prefect of the CDF serves as the Commission's ex officio president.

Below is the list of the members for 2014-2019 term (taken from the ITC press release):

  • - Fr. Serge Thomas BONINO, OP, Secretary General, France.
  • - Fr. Terwase Henry AKAABIAM, Nigeria;
  • - Sr. Prudence ALLEN, RSM, United States of America;
  • - Sr Alenka ARKO, Loyola Community, Russian Federation - Slovenia;
  • - Msgr. Antonio Luiz CATELAN FERREIRA, Brazil;
  • - Msgr. Piero CODA, Italy;
  • - Fr. Lajos DOLHAI, Hungary;
  • - Fr. Peter DUBOVSKÝ, SJ, Slovakia;
  • - Fr. Mario Angel FLORES RAMOS, Mexico;
  • - Fr. Carlos María GALLI, Argentina;
  • - Fr. Krzysztof GÓŹDŹ, Poland;
  • - Fr. Gaby Alfred HACHEM, Lebanon;
  • - Fr. Thomas KOLLAMPARAMPIL, CMI, India;
  • - Fr. Koffi Messan Laurent KPOGO, Togo;
  • - Fr. Oswaldo MARTÍNEZ MENDOZA, Colombia;
  • - Professor Moira Mary McQUEEN, Canada – Great Britain;
  • - Fr. Karl Heinz MENKE, Germany;
  • - Fr. John Junyang PARK, Korea;
  • - Fr. Bernard POTTIER, SJ, Belgium;
  • - Fr. Javier PRADES LÓPEZ, Spain;
  • - Professor Tracey ROWLAND, Australia;
  • - Professor Héctor Gustavo SÁNCHEZ ROJAS, SCV, Perú;
  • - Professor Marianne SCHLOSSER, Austria - Germany;
  • - Fr. Nicholaus SEGEJA M'HELA, Tanzania;
  • - Fr. Pierangelo SEQUERI, Italy;
  • - Fr. Željko TANJIĆ, Croatia;
  • - Fr. Gerard Francisco P. TIMONER III, OP, Philippines;
  • - Fr. Gabino URIBARRI BILBAO, SI, Spain;
  • - Fr. Philippe VALLIN, France;
  • - Fr. Thomas G. WEINANDY, OFMCap., United States of America

Round-table on Pasquale Porro's "new" book on Aquinas

In 2012 Pasquale Porro published a book on Aquinas entitled Tommaso d'Aquino: un profilo storico-filosofico. So, the book is not "brand new" but it is fairly new. Porro teaches at the Università di Bari and at the Sorbonne. As many of our readers may know, his work in mediaeval philosophy is extensive.

The book on Aquinas does just what its title says. It takes the reader through Aquinas's works in chronological order, setting them in their historical context and drawing out what Porro takes to be their philosophical import.

In May 2013 the Centro Culturale di Milano sponsored a round-table discussion of Porro's book. The participants were Constantino Esposito (Università di Bari), who moderated, Onorato Grassi (Università Lumsa di Roma), Luca Bianchi (Università degli Studi di Piemonte Orientale), and, of course, Porro himself. You can watch the whole thing here.

Nouvelle Revue Théologique 1958-2003 free!

I stumbled across this last week. The Nouvelle Revue Théologique, published by the Institut d’Études Théologiques (Society of Jesus) in Brussels, has made all of its issues from 1958 to 2003 available for free download at its website. Readers of Thomistica.net may be especially interested in three articles by Fr. Pinckaers that appeared in NRT during these years: “Recherche de la signification véritable du terme ‘spéculatif’" (1959); “La vertu est tout autre chose qu'une habitude” (1960); “‘Une morale pour notre temps.’ À propos d'un livre récent” (1966).

A list of all the authors who have published between 1958 and 2014 can be found here. There is a drop-down box on this page that says (naturally enough) "All the authors." Click on it. Clicking on the names of any of the authors that are displayed will then take you to a page that will give you a list of links to the articles that they have published between 1958 and 2014 (but remember that only 1958-2003 is free).