New Journal for the Study of St. Thomas

The Thomas Institute in Utrecht has announced the launch of a new open access journal for the study of St. Thomas: The European Journal for the Study of Thomas Aquinas (EJSTA). It is a joint initiative of  the Thomas Instituut Utrecht (NL), the Faculty of Theology of Nicolaus Copernicus University of Toruń (PL) and the Saint Thomas Aquinas Institute for Theology and Culture of the Faculty of Theology (ISTAC) of the University of Fribourg (CH).

Included is a call for contributions (deadline: February 1, 2019)

For more information, visit their website


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.

ACPQ Rising Scholar Contest - $3000

The ACPQ is holding its Rising Scholar Contest again:

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ) is pleased to announce its third annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest. Any scholar who will not have attained the rank of associate professor by September 1, 2015, is invited to submit a paper that contributes to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition. The winning essay will be published in the ACPQ and specially designated in the journal as winner of the contest.

The author of a single-authored winning paper will receive a $3000 award and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA). Each co-author of a co-authored winning paper will receive a share, equal to that of the other co-author(s), of a $3000 award, together with a free one-year membership for in the ACPA. All co-authors of the winning paper must be below the rank of associate professor at the time of the submission deadline, September 1, 2015. Author(s) need not be members of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.

Essays on Garrigou-Lagrange "Teacher of Thomism"

An assortment of essays titled "Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP: Teacher of Thomism" is offered by the free online journal Educational Theoria. The essays are available in a single PDF here.

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.: A Biographical Sketch 

Richard A. Peddicord, O.P.

My Personal Memories of Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange 
Joseph M. de Torre

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange on Subsistence 
Christopher Albright

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange on the Real Distinction 
Jude Chua Soo Meng

Garrigou-Langrange’s General Proof of God’s Existence 
+F. F. Centore

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange on Physical Premotion 
Steven A. Long

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange and the Renewal of the Contemplative Life 
+James Arraj

Garrigou-Lagrange OP and la vie théologale 
Romanus Cessario OP

Garrigou-Langrange, Leo XIII and Liberalism 
Thomas Crean OP



De natura accidentis

The latest issue of the venerable Revue Thomiste (2012/1, pp. 5-231) is devoted to the “nature of the accident” (Autour de la nature de l’accident”) and contains the proceedings of a symposium held at the Sorbonne on September 8-9, 2011 with the aim of preparing a critical edition of the unauthentic work of St. Thomas De natura accidentis. The preparation of this edition is part of a much larger research-project “Thomisme et Anti-Thomisme au Moyen Âge”, mentioned earlier on

Here is the table of contents:

R. Imbach – C. König-Pralong: Aristote au Latran: Eucharistie et philosophie selon Thomas d’Aquin et Dietrich de Freiberg [Elsewhere, however, I have tried to show that St. Thomas does not try to “adept philosophy to theological orthodoxy”, as the authors (p. 17) claim]

S. Donati – La doctrine de l’analogie de l’être dans la tradition des commentaires de la Physique : Quelques modèles interprétatifs (commentaires de la Faculté des arts, autour de 1250-1300)

A. Beccarisi : Le traité bâlois De natura accidentis : Entre thomisme et antithomisme

J. Casteigt : Reduplicatio excludit omne alienum a termino : Accident et qualité redupliquée à partir de l’article 13 d’Eckhart condamné dans la bulle pontificale In agro dominico

D. Demagne : Accidents et relations non convertibles selon Thomas d’Aquin, Pierre Olivi et Jean Duns Scot

S.-Th. Bonino : Le statut ontologique de l’accident selon Thomas de Sutton [Father Bonino describes, more accurately I think, the position of Aquinas regarding the concept of accident as a “ré-élaboration” (p. 140). His contribution shows convincingly among others that “De natura accidentis” cannot be attributed to Thomas of Sutton]

J.-L. Solère : Les variations qualitatives dans les théories post-thomistes [The concept ‘post-thomistes’ refers to are the authors examined here: Gilles of Rome, Godfrey of Fontaines, Peter of Auvergne, Thomas of Sutton and Duns Scotus]

J. Biard : Comment définir un accident ? Le double statut de l’accidentalité selon Buridan et ses conséquences sur la théorie de la définition


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.

Theological Studies web site updated

The website for the journal, Theological Studies, has been completedly revamped, both for a better look and feel and to be “responsive” (ut dicunt) to various devices. The site renders well on computers, smartphones (like the iPhone or even iPod touch), and tablet devices (such as the iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab).

Most important for viewers here at is the fact that the entire run of the journal, save for articles published in the last five years, is now fully available for PDF download, via the site’s searchable catalog of past articles (going back to its first year of publication, 1940). As visitors to will know, Theological Studies is primarily a journal for contemporary academic theology, primarily systematic and moral (with occasional historical appearances, too). But articles on Thomas Aquinas directly do appear, and often articles are written with some invocation of Thomas’s doctrine on this or that. Don’t hesitate to visit the site at to search by author’s name, or keywords in article titles, to find something that aids your research.

The site also now sports a Twitter account (, as well as an RSS feed (via Feedburner).

The journal formerly known as The Modern Schoolman...

is now Res Philosophica. A new website recounts the journal’s early connection with the Scholastic tradition:

The journal was established as The Modern Schoolman in 1925 by the Jesuit Scholastics of the Philosophy Department of Saint Louis University, and was described as the “Bulletin of the Philosophy Seminar of Saint Louis University.” It was a monthly publication of “articles, reviews, items of news and interest” in order to give “some expression in a simple way to the great truths of Scholasticism.”  Throughout its history it has maintained a deep connection to the Scholastic tradition  […].  The November 1933 issue described the journal as “a means of becoming better acquainted with Scholasticism and the principles it champions.” In the November 1954 issue, the journal began describing itself as “a quarterly journal of philosophy, dedicated to furthering the work begun by the great Schoolmen of the Middle Ages.” 

The journal publishes broadly now and seeks to publish “in all areas of philosophy.” In an article titled “An Editor’s Farewell,” William C. Charron notes that in the journal’s history “illustrious contributors include Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson, Joseph Owens, Vernon J. Bourke” among others.

The new name change will take effect with volume 90 (2013).



La ciencia tomista Publishes General Index That Covers a Century

The legendary journal of Spanish Thomism, La ciencia tomista, has published a comprehensive index for its now-100 year run. Wow. The issue’s Presentation can be found here.

Are you sure that in your lit-search you covered everything?

The Shapcote Translation

In a short article found at the beginning of the current issue of New Blackfriars, Fergus Kerr discusses the origin of the much-used and often reprinted translation of the Summa Theologica by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province. Kerr notes: 

This literal translation by ‘Fathers of the English Dominican Province’ was done solely and entirely by one man: Father Laurence Shapcote (1864–1947). 

The article describes the labors of Fr. Shapcote, who also translated the Summa contra Gentiles, De potentia, and some short works by Aquinas. The article concludes with the following observation: 

Laurence Shapcote never wrote anything: there is no way of telling what his own ‘Thomism’ was. It is a century since he started work. He did not respond to suggestions that he should unmask his anonymity. Readers who are thankful for this literal translation would surely be all the more grateful if they knew that it was done by Laurence Shapcote alone, in very austere conditions, on the Rand and in Natal, doggedly translating his way through the major works of St Thomas. 

The full article can be found here, but it requires a subscription.

Henry's books, catalog 7: Philosophy, Theology, and Medieval

My guy, Henry Stachyra, keeps growing his bookselling business, Henry’s Books, and has released catalog 7 of his holdings. Swing on over to his website to forage through the catalog in a bid to be prepared this fall.

Editor change at The Thomist

Via Greg LaNave, assistant professor at the Dominican House of Studies (faculty page) and managing editor of The Thomist, comes news that the journal has a new Editor: Rev. Timothy Bellamah, O.P. (faculty page), replaces Rev. Joseph Torchia, O.P.

PAST and Doctor Communis

Here is some news on the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (PAST) will hold its X Plenary Session in the Vatican on 18-20 June 2010 on the topic The Human Animal: Procreation, Education and the Foundations of Society. The speakers will include Kevin Flannery SJ, John Haldane, Reinhard Hütter and John O’Callaghan.

For more on the Pontifical Academy, follow this link to their new website.

As a follow-up on our report on last year’s Plenary Session (see here), we have acquired the proceedings of the sessions of 2009 and 2008.

Doctor Communis 2009: Saint-Thomas’s Interpretation of Saint Paul’s Doctrines

  • Rodríguez, Pedro: Del año paulino al año sacerdotal (20-22)
  • Martínez García, Enrique: In memoriam Francisco Canals Vidal (23-25)
  • Cordero Lanza DiMontezemolo, Andrea: L’anno paolino ed i programmi svolti nella Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura (26-38)
  • Hütter, Reinhard: “In hope he believed against hope” (Romans 4:18) (39-59)
  • DiNoia, Joseph A.: Christ brings freedom from sin and death (60-75)
  • Biffi, Inos: Aspetti della figura di Cristo nel commento di Tommaso alla Lettera agli Ebrei (76-91)
  • Rodríguez, Pedro: El “sacrum ministerium” en los comentarios de Santo Tomás al “Corpus paulinum” (92-113)
  • Ocáriz, Fernando: L’adozione filiale e il mistero di Cristo (114-130)
  • Elders, Leo J.: The “Lecturae” of St. Thomas Aquinas of the Letters of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians and Colossians (131-149)
  • Wielockx, Robert: Au sujet du commentaire de saint Thomas sur le “Corpus paulinum” (150-184)
  • Waldstein, Michael: The spousal logic of justification (185-197)
  • Ferrara, Ricardo: “Gratia secundum se”. La dottrina della grazia nel commento alla Lettera ai Romani (198-218)
  • Sánchez Sorondo, Marcello: Grace as “new creation” (219-236)

Doctor Communis 2008: The “Praeambula Fidei” and the New Apologetics

  • Zdybicka, Zofia J., Commemorazione di Mieczysław Albert Krąpiec, O.P.(18-20)
  • Levada, William J., The importance of a new apologetics (21-28)
  • McInerny, Ralph M., Newman and natural religion (29-37)
  • Wippel, John F., Philosophy and the preambles of faith in Thomas Aquinas (38-61)
  • Brock, Stephen L., Realistic practical truth (62-75)
  • Glendon, Mary A., Apologetics in the public square (78-86)
  • Morerod, Charles, Le nouvel athéisme évolutionniste et les praeambula fidei (87-112)
  • Cottier, Georges, Scientisme et apologétique (113-124)
  • Biffi, Inos, Per una nuova coscienza della centralità di Cristo nella cultura contemporanea (125-135)
  • Bruguès, Jean L., Moral convictions and evangelical ethics (136-144)
  • Livi, Antonio, La teologia di oggi ha bisogno di una nuova interpretazione filosofica della dottrina tommasiana dei “praeambula fidei” (151-175)
  • Galeazzi, Umberto, La razionalità dei tommasiani “praeambula fidei” el il fideismo di K. Barth, convergente con i neopositivisti (176-200)
  • Seidl, Horst, Apologetic theology as fruit of the encounter between Christian faith and metaphysics (201-208)

The journal, Nova et Vetera, changes location

Nova et vetera, the English-language version of the longtime Swiss journal of the same name, has changed its institutional affiliation from the Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University to the Augustine Institute of Denver, Colorado. Here is a scrape from the journal’s new site:

We are pleased to announce that Nova et Vetera, the distinct English edition of the longstanding Swiss journal, is now being published by the Augustine Institute. For the past seven years, the journal was published by Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University. We owe profound thanks to Sapientia Press.

Under the Augustine Institute, the editorial focus of the journal will continue as it has the last seven years. The journal strives to follow the culturally engaged, ecclesial, broadly Thomistic, and dialogical perspective of the founder of the Swiss Nova et Vetera, Charles Journet.  Journet worked at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and biblical studies, and we seek to do the same. 

As many will tell you, the journal has become to the home for much first-rate Thomistic scholarship. You can get the print version of the journal alone, or can get the print version plus access to PDF files of all articles (particularly handy if you have a bibliography program on your computer, such as Endnote). For more on the journal, its subscription costs and terms, follow the link to the new site.