Resources for Modern Aristotelians

John C. Cahalan has established a web site, Resources for Modern Aristotelians: Philosophical, Theological, Socio-Political and Pastoral, containing modern Aristotelian papers that one may find helpful, which can be downloaded and copied at no charge. The address is:

The site contains a paper of special interest collecting in a logically integrated way almost everything Yves Simon wrote on the problem of thing and object, the question Maritain considered second in significance only to the real distinction of essence and existence. Among other things, the paper includes material otherwise buried in the important endnotes to The Material Logic of John of St. Thomas (Poinsot). To access this paper click “Virtual Anthology of Modern Aristotelian Philosophy,” also at the above web site.

Other papers at the web site are:

  • “How Simon Trumps Cajetan on Analogy.” In only 3 pages, this shows why the value of Simon’s crucial contribution to analogy does NOT depend on the Cajetanian framework he employed. Click on “Contributions to Modern Aristotelian Philosophy.”
  • “Maritain and Marin-Sola on Predestination: A Reply to Michael Torre.” This replies to a Nova et Vetera article by Michael. Click on “Contributions to Modern Aristotelian Philosophy.”
  • “A Theory of the Incarnation and Subsistence.” This puts Maritain’s contribution to the problem of subsistence on a firmer footing and offers a solution to the problem of how a substance causes its necessary accidents. Click on “Theological Contributions.”

Soon to come:

  • “How Sensory Intentionality is Caused (and Related Matters)”. Offers a solution to the problem (Garrigou-Lagrange, Maritain and Simon’s), that sensory intentionality seems to require a special dependence on God. Also makes de-mystifying contributions on how the agent intellect works.

There are more papers, by Calahan and others, to come. All the material is copyrighted, but you have permission to download and copy it, free of charge, as you please.


Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson is an associate professor of Theology at Marquette University, and founded on Squarespace in November of 2004. He studied with James Weisheipl, Leonard Boyle, Walter Principe, and Lawrence Dewan, at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, Canada).