The SMART meetings at the ACPA have been scheduled:


2014 Annual ACPA Meeting

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave. NW

 Washington, DC 20001


Friday Morning, 10 October 2014: 10am to 12 noon


Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism I                                                   Congressional C 

Organizer & Chair: Thomas M. Osborne, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (TX)

Speaker:          Br. Raymund Snyder, O.P., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception  (Washington, DC)

                        “Article or Preamble? A Reconsideration of Cardinal Cajetan's Later Comments on the

                        Rational Demonstrability of the Immortal Soul”

Speaker:          Charles Douglas Robertson, Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas (TX)

                        "John Capreolus on the Formal Object of Metaphysics"


 Sunday Morning, 12 October 2014 9am to 11am

Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism II                                             Olympic

Chair:              R. J. Matava, Christendom College.

Speaker:          Br. Innocent Smith, OP, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)

                        “Doctrinal Preaching and the Summa Theologiae”

Speaker:          Domenic D'Ettore, Marian University

                        “Not a little confusing?: Sylvester of Ferrara’s Hybrid doctrine of Analogy.”


Cory at Notre Dame

Therese Cory has given me permission to announce that she has accepted a position at the University of Notre Dame.  She will start there after her Humboldt fellowship.  It is exciting that there will be another Thomist at Notre Dame, and a particularly good one.  I am currently reading her Aquinas on Human Knowledge, which so far is excellent.

Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism (S.M.A.R.T.)

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism (S.M.A.R.T.) is planning a session for the 2014 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Washington, D.C., 9-12 October 2014.  It is accepting papers on all aspects of Thomism from 1274 to the publication of the Carmelite Cursus Theologiae (1631-1701), with a preference for the period from John Capreolus (d. 1444) to John of St. Thomas (1589-1644).  Please send papers and direct enquiries to Thomas Osborne at osborntm[at]stthom[dot]edu.

New Book from David Braine

I missed the recent publication of David Braine's "The Roots of Creativity in Speech and Thought" from CUA Press.  I have been waiting for it.  His "The Human Person: Animal & Spirit" seems to me one of the best contemporary books on Philosophy of MInd.  In this earlier book on the human person, he uses the peculiar features of human language to argue that linguistic understanding and thinking have no bodily organ, and uses this material in his argument for the further positions that human persons transcend the body.  I wish that more people would read his work.