New Book: Thomas Aquinas on the Beatitudes

In MacIntyre’s After Virtue, which was written in 1981, he argued that even though modern thinkers continued to possess a “simulacra of morality” they had actually “very largely, if not entirely” lost the theoretical and practical comprehension of morality. Indeed, Kantian deontologism and Enlightenment philosophy have both done their part to hinder modern man from an appreciation of the role of virtue and teleology. Thankfully, though, as virtue ethics has become more popular and as Thomists have begun to reassert the foundational role the human desire for happiness has in the moral life (by turning, time and again, to the beginning of the Secunda Pars), some of us moderns have found ourselves on the correct path. Nevertheless, despite the relative proliferation of works on the virtues since the time After Virtue was written, there has not been much work done on the beatitudes, which are, for Thomas, “acts of perfect virtue” (see II-II, q. 29 a. 4 ad 1 and q. 79 aa. 1 & 3) that are distinguished from virtues  “not as habit from habit, but as act from habit” (I-II, q. 69 a. 1). It’s good to see that Fr. Anton ten Klooster is taking steps to fill this lacuna.

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Ryan J Brady

Subsequent to a few semesters of study at Thomas Aquinas College, Dr. Brady graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia with a B.A. in Religion. After receiving a Masters degree in Systematic Theology from Christendom Graduate School (where he was the valedictorian) he defended his doctoral dissertation “Aquinas on the Respective Roles of Prudence and Synderesis vis-à-vis the Ends of the Moral Virtues” with distinction and received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.

Free access to Divus Thomas (Fribourg) 1887-2016

With the digitalization of the journal Divus Thomas (Fribourg) from 1887 to 2016 by the Swiss website e-periodica the Thomistic community has yet another tool easily available for the historical and systematical study of Thomism in recent times.

One of the ways to implement Pope Leo XIII’s vision in Aeterni Patris (1879) was the founding of journals specifically devoted to the study of Thomism. Already in 1880 the Collegio Alberoni in Piacenza founded the journal Divus Thomas, which still exists today. In 1881, the recently founded Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas started the publication of its yearbook L'Accademia Romana di S. Tommaso D'Aquino. The Academy continues this tradition with the publication of Doctor Communis, containing the proceedings of their annual plenary session (the latest issue Dio creatore e la creazione come casa commune. Prospettive Tomiste inaugurates a new collaboration with the Urbaniana University Press). In Belgium, Désiré Mercier founded the Revue Néo-Scolastique in  1894 and the first issue of Revue Thomiste was published in the same year (the first decades are available online).

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For the German speaking world, the Thomistic community owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Ernst Commer (1847-1928), who founded the Jahrbuch für Philosophie und spekulative Theologie in 1887. On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Michael Glossner defines the goals of the journal as follows: the “Wiederhebung der Philosophie aus tiefem Verfall zu der ihr gebührenden Stellung als erste under den natürlichen Wissenschaften durch Anknüpfung an die gewaltsam unterbrochene Tradition, durch Wiedergewinnung einer sicheren Grundlage in allgemein anerkanntnen Prinzipien und ruhige kontinuierliche Weiterbilding auf Grund derselben.” (Jahrbuch 11 (1897), 2).

Gallus M. Manser OP (ob. 1950)

Gallus M. Manser OP (ob. 1950)

From the very first issue onwards, key features of the Thomistic synthesis are given their proper place, i.e. the real distinction between being and essence, the principle of individuation and in particular the doctrine of praemotio physica (e.g. Norberto del Prado’s De concordia physicae praemotionis cum libero arbitrio in the 1903 issue). Of equal importance are the many contributions in the field of biology and physics, e.g. the many articles by Joseph Gredt in the 1920’s on electrons and on Einstein’s theory of relativity.

In 1914 the journal changes its name to Divus Thomas and in 1922 the Fribourg Dominicans Gallus Häfele (1882-1960) and Gallus Manser (1866-1950) become its editors. One of the principal controversies to which the journal devotes extensive attention concerned the molinism of the Innsbruck Jesuit Johann B. Stufler, as expressed in his 1923 “Divi Thomae Aquinatis doctrina De Deo operante in omni operatione naturae creatae praesertim liberi arbitrii”. In these years the journal becomes the preferred place to publish the research of such Thomists as Joseph Gredt, Martin Grabmann, Santiago Ramirez, Gallus Manser and others. The 1953 issue contains an index for the years 1923-1953.

In 1954 the journal changes its name to its current one: Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, officially to end the confusion that had arisen with the Italian journal of the same name. The change in name is however indicative for the declining influence of Thomism in these years, as becomes apparent from the indices of these years. Thomas Aquinas almost disappears from the journal with the exception of an issue devoted to him in 1974, containing important articles whose titles are indicative for that time (Y. Congar, Saint Thomas d'Aquin et l'esprit oecuménique; J. H. Nicholas, Liberté du théologien et autorité du Magistère).

Between 1982 and 2017 the journal published 35 articles on St. Thomas by scholars such as J.-P. Torrell (Frère Thomas d'Aquin prédicateur 29 (1982), 1/2, 175-188), John F. Wippel (The Latin Avicenna as a source of Thomas Aquinas' metaphysics 37 (1990), 1/2, 51-90), Ruedi Imbach (Notule sur le commentaire du "Liber de causis" de Siger de Brabant et ses rapports avec Thomas d'Aquin 43 (1996), 3, 304-323), Rupert Mayer (Stockwerkphilosophie gegen Stockwerktheologie : zum "desiderium naturale" bei Henri de Lubac und Thomas von Aquin 56 (2009), 1, 164-193) and Gilles Emery (Le mode personnel de l'agir trinitaire suivant Thomas d'Aquin 50 (2003), 3, 334-353).



Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.

Call for Papers Torún (Poland), April 4-6, 2019

The Faculty of Theology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torún, Poland is organizing it’s third international conference on the thought of Thomas Aquinas in April 2019. The first in 2015 was entitled “Towards a Biblical Thomism. The biblical exegesis of Thomas Aquinas and its contemporary relevance” and its proceedings were published by Brepols. The second conference in 2017 was devoted to “Towards a Biblical Thomism: Aquinas and the Renewal of Biblical Theology” and its proceedings have been published recently by Eunsa.

The third conference, which will be held April 4-6, 2019, is entitled “Identity and Tradition. Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers”.

The keynote and other main lectures will be given by Serge-Thomas Bonino O.P. (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome), Carmelo Conticello (CNRS-Paris), Dominic Legge O.P. (Dominican House of Studies, Washington D.C.), Enrique Alarcón (University of Navarra, Pamplona) and Paul van Geest (Tilburg University).

Papers may be given preferably in English and the presentation should take 20-25 minutes. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to by November 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by December 15, 2018. For more info see or the full Call for Papers here.


Jörgen Vijgen

DR. JÖRGEN VIJGEN holds academic appointments in Medieval and Thomistic Philosophy at several institutions in the Netherlands. His dissertation, “The status of Eucharistic accidents ‘sine subiecto’: An Historical Trajectory up to Thomas Aquinas and selected reactions,” was written under the direction of Fr. Walter Senner, O.P. at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy and published in 2013 by Akademie Verlag (now De Gruyter) in Berlin, Germany.

ACPA on The Integral Place of Philosophy in Catholic Higher Education

Francis Beckwith, President of the American Catholic Philosophical Assocation, writes:

Philosophy is essential to a well-rounded college education.  But it is especially so for academic institutions that claim to be custodians of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Unfortunately, over the past decade some colleges and universities, including Catholic ones, have changed (or have considered changing) their core curricula so that fewer philosophy courses are required and/or offered to their undergraduates.

To address this issue, my predecessor, Thomas Hibbs, convened a three member committee for the purpose of formulating and promulgating an official statement by the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA).  I am happy to report that the committee has succeeded in putting together an outstanding document. The ACPA has posted it on its website here.

Visiting Position at UST Houston

Visiting Assistant Professor

The University of St. Thomas (, a private Catholic university committed to the liberal arts and to the religious an intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, is seeking Visiting Assistant Professors (2) - one year sabbatical replacement, beginning August 2018. 4/4 course load. Ph.D. preferred; ABD considered.

Courses to be taught: Required courses in the university core:  Human Person, Ethics, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy.  Required courses are taught from a Thomistic perspective.

AOS: Open, but candidates must have facility with the Latin texts of Thomas Aquinas;

AOC: Open.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For additional questions regarding the position, Please contact Dr. Steven Jensen, Philosophy Search Committee via

Applications should address applicant's knowledge of the Thomistic tradition and support of the mission of Catholic higher education in light of Ex corde Ecclesiae and Fides et Ratio

To apply for this position, please send complete dossier, including a letter of interest, a statement concerning the mission of Catholic higher education in light of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and Fides et Ratio, curriculum vitae, and three letters of references to

Human Resources – Ref: Philosophy –Visiting Assistant Professor

University of St. Thomas

3800, Montrose Blvd

Houston, TX  77006

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Joseph Clifford Fenton's book on sacred theology back in print

Last November I posted on the new "Thomist Tradition" series being launched by Cluny Media under the editorial direction of Cajetan Cuddy, OP. The purpose of the series, as its page at the Cluny Media site states, is to "make available the key texts of figures—both classic and contemporary, major and minor—who rightly claim membership in the living tradition which bears the intellectual imprint of their master, Thomas."

Last year, the first volume in the series was released: T.C. O'Brien's Metaphysics and the Existence of God. After making due for several years with PDF files of the original three articles from The Thomist, I was thrilled that a hard copy was being re-issued and I bought it right away.

Hot off the presses we now have Joseph Clifford Fenton's What is Sacred Theology? Fenton's book, which was first published in 1941, was originally titled The Concept of Sacred Theology and was the doctoral dissertation he wrote under the direction of Garrigou-Lagrange. You can get it here.

I should mention that the books that are being re-issued in the "Thomist Tradition" series aren't simply re-prints of the originals. A note on the series page states that each re-issue includes:

  • A new introduction that explains the book’s original historical and speculative context and outlines its enduring relevance to contemporary questions and disputes.
  • Extensive editorial review and certain footnotes that highlight, explain, and clarify themes and passages of particular significance.

This is an admirable initiative. I hope you'll check it out for yourself and pick up copies of the great O'Brien and Fenton books while you're at it.

New book on Aquinas, predestination, grace, and free will

RJ Matava just brought my attention to a new book by Basile Valuet, OSB on St. Thomas's teaching on predestination, grace, and free will. It's the second volume of a projected four volume series that, according to a blurb from its publicity flyer, "cherche à déterminer quelle est l’authentique doctrine de l’Église catholique sur les rapports entre Dieu et la liberté humaine, essentielle quant à l’intelligence de notre destinée." The series title is Dieu joueur d’échecs? Prédestination, grâce et libre arbitre and the title of this second volume is Relecture de saint Thomas d’Aquin.

Fr. Basile is the prefect of studies at the Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux. He was also recently appointed to the scientific committee of the Revue Thomiste. His series is published by the abbey's Éditions Sainte-Madeleine. You can purchase the second volume from the abbey bookstore here.

Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus

John A. Demetracopoulos updated me recently on his important work on the Byzantine reception of Thomas Aquinas, and in particularly the collaborative work on a critical edition of Thomas's Byzantine Greek translations.  Please visit their site to learn more about this project and how to support it.



Conference in Toulouse, May 4-5, 2018

Colloque Institut Saint-Thomas d’Aquin et Revue thomiste les 4-5 mai 2018

Institut catholique de Toulouse (Salle Léon XIII), 31, rue de la Fonderie

Le Bien et le bon selon saint Thomas d’Aquin

Vendredi matin 4 mai de 9h à 12h

Métaphysique et éthique

9h-9h15 : Introduction par le fr. Philippe-Marie Margelidon, o.p. (directeur de la Revue thomiste)

Président de séance : fr Philippe Margelidon, op

9h30-10h05 : Le bien et les transcendantaux chez saint Thomas d’Aquin, par le fr. Thierry-Dominique Humbrecht, o.p. (Bordeaux)

10h15-10h50 : L’esse et le bien dans le commentaire du Pseudo Denys, par l’abbé Alain Contat (Rome)


11h15-11h50 : L’axiome bonum diffusivum sui et la causalité du bien chez saint Thomas d’Aquin, par M. Hervé Pasqua (Nice)

Pause déjeuner de 12h à 14h


Vendredi 4 mai après-midi de 14h à 17h

Président de séance: Th.-D. Humbrecht, o.p. (Bordeaux)

14h-14h35 : Le bien, l’appétit et l’amour chez Thomas d’Aquin : Agapè peut-il sauver Eros ? par M. François-Xavier Putallaz (Fribourg)

14h45-15h20 : Le bien et le beau chez Thomas d’Aquin, par le fr. David Perrin, o.p. (Bordeaux)


15h45-16h20 : L’être et la résolution des principes de la raison pratique chez saint Thomas (J. de Finance et J. Finnis), par le P. Dominic Farrell, l.c. (Rome)

16h30-17h05 : Le bien et la liberté chez Cornelio Fabro, par le P. Christian Ferraro (Rome)

17h15 : fin de la première journée

Samedi matin 5 mai de 9h-12h15

Théologie et éthique

Président de séance : fr François Daguet, o.p. (Toulouse)

9h-9h35 : L’Église et le bien de l’univers, par l’abbé Emmanuel Cazanave (Toulouse)

9h45-10h20 : L’amour, le bien et le don, par l’abbé Louis-Marie Rineau, f.s.t.b. (Bayonne)


10h45-11h20 : Le jugement de bonté d’un acte moral selon saint Thomas d’Aquin, par fr. Joseph d’Amécourt, o.p. (Rome)

11h30-12h05 : Le bien humain chez Alasdaire MacIntyre, par le fr. Sébastien Perdrix, o.p. (Bordeaux)

Pause déjeuner de 12h à 14h



Samedi après-midi 5 mai de 14h à 17h15

Président de séance : fr Henry Donneaud

14h-14h35 : Le bien en politique : entre saint Thomas et G. Fessard, par fr. François Daguet, o.p. (Toulouse)

14h45-15h20 : L’argument du bien et du parfait dans la christologie de la Somme de théologie, par fr. Philippe-Marie Margelidon, o.p. (Toulouse)


15h45-16h20 : L’Esprit-Saint est le Bien incréé, par fr. Pavel Syssoev, o.p. (Bordeaux)

16h30-17h05 : Le bien et la Providence, par fr. Emmanuel Perrier, o.p. (Toulouse)


17h15 : fin du colloque





Contact et Inscription

Revue thomiste,

Couvent saint Thomas d’Aquin, Impasse H.-D. Lacordaire, 31078 Toulouse cedex 4



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Tarif étudiant : 20 euros

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Repas à prendre sur place à l’ICT : vendredi midi et samedi midi, rue de la Fonderie

Logements : Couvent des carmes… Liste à compléter


Accès de la gare : Ligne métro A et B (direction Ramonville : station Place du Parlement ou Carmes)

Accès aéroport : par navette aéroport (Compans-Cafarelli), ou avec le tramway : station Place du Parlement ou Carmes.

New bilingual ebooks of Aquinas's works

Readers at this site are familiar with the big, blue, hardbound editions of Aquinas's works coming out from The Aquinas Institute.  While everyone has loved the beautiful books, some people have said it would be great if they could put the Aquinas Institute volumes on a Kindle or a Nook and bring them on trips.

In response, The Aquinas Institute has brought out a new line of eBooks. Each eBook matches one of their printed volumes, and if your e-reader permits it you can even see what page of the printed volume you are viewing. And just like the printed volumes, the eBooks are bilingual, meaning that you can toggle back and forth between Latin and English. See the video below for a demonstration. 

In many readers, you can load a Latin dictionary, and then tap and hold on a word to look it up. You can take notes, search, bookmark, and anything else your reader allows. The new bilingual Aquinas eBooks are available from Amazon, iBooks, Nook, and pretty much anywhere you find eBooks for sale. 

Each eBook costs $5.99. If you prefer a static PDF to a reflowable eBook, the bilingual layout found in the printed books is also available through Web PDF providers like Microsoft Books for $12.99.

As of this writing, only the Summa Theologiae is available in eBook form, but more volumes are soon to come. Please send feedback to The Aquinas Institute. This is a new approach to eBooks for the serious student.


S.M.A.R.T. Call for Papers

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Thomism (S.M.A.R.T.) is planning a session for the 2018 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in San Diego, CA, 8-11 November 2018. It is accepting papers on all aspects of Thomism from 1274 to the publication of the Carmelite Cursus Theologiae (1631-1701).

Please send papers and direct enquiries to Domenic D’Ettore at ddettore[at]marian[dot]edu. Papers and abstracts received by 15 May will receive full consideration. Selection preference will be given to complete papers. The submission of an abstract alone should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae. A final version of the paper will be required by 1 September 2018 in order to facilitate a response paper which will be given during the conference session.