J. Budziszewski's book on the Treatise on Law

A few months ago J. Budziszewski (University of Texas at Austin) published a line by line commentary on Summa theologiae, I-II, qq. 90-97 with Cambridge University Press entitled (aptly enough) Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law. I am not aware of another such commentary in English. Here is CUP's description. 

Natural moral law stands at the center of Western ethics and jurisprudence and plays a leading role in interreligious dialogue. Although the greatest source of the classical natural law tradition is Thomas Aquinas' Treatise on Law, the Treatise is notoriously difficult, especially for nonspecialists. J. Budziszewski has made this formidable work luminous. This book - the first classically styled, line by line commentary on the Treatise in centuries - reaches out to philosophers, theologians, social scientists, students, and general readers alike. Budziszewski shows how the Treatise facilitates a dialogue between author and reader. Explaining and expanding upon the text in light of modern philosophical developments, he expounds this work of the great thinker not by diminishing his reasoning, but by amplifying it.

You can find additional material related to the book at  Budziszewski's website The Underground Thomist. Included in the material is a PDF file of a Companion to the Commentary, which features a line by line treatment of selections from qq. 98-108 along with further discussion of topics from various articles across the Treatise. The Companion itself is 239 pages! Budziszewski says that the material in the Companion was not added to the original book because then the entire text would have come out to 800 pages and "a book shouldn't be a concrete block." Well, I would have still bought it. Some of the best books I own are concrete blocks.

People familiar with Budziszewski's work know that he has been writing (and teaching) about natural law, especially Aquinas's version of it, for many years. So, he was well prepared to write this book. It is surprising that he did not write it sooner! At any rate, I think it will prove a valuable resource.

Veritas et Amor Contest for young Aquinas scholars and artists

The Circolo San Tommaso d'Aquino is inviting entries for the 5th edition of its Veritas et Amor Contest. Entrants must be 35 or under. Submissions can be in one of two forms: academic writing (theses, dissertations, monographs) or works of art (painting, sculpture, music, etc.). The deadline is February 25, 2015. For further information, including details about submitting your work, click here for a PDF of the flyer.

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