This is the blog of the faculty of the Ave Maria University Philosophy Department. We post our philosophical reflections on perennial and contemporary questions as well as on Departmental and University news and other topics of interest.
I just came across two different interviews with the British philosopher Mary Midgley. Both took place over lunch in her kitchen, one in late March and the other in early April. The first is with Andrew Anthony of The Guardian and the second is with Peter Aspden of the Financial Times.
There is an interesting (perhaps important?) debate going on between Ed Feser and Michael Sullivan over Feser’s new book Scholastic Metaphysics, the virtues/vices of Thomism and Scotism, the nature of Scholasticism, philosophy and historiography, etc. Here is Feser’s latest post and here is Sullivan’s. Each has links to previous posts in the debate.
It is sometimes alleged that Anselm’s argument for God’s existence in Ch. 2 of the Proslogion — often called his “ontological argument” — is not a purely rational argument but in some way depends on his Christian faith. It seems to me, however, that it does not depend on faith in any formal way. In this post I will suggest some reasons why someone might think differently and then argue that none of these reasons show that Anselm’s argument formally depends on faith.
At Thomistica.net I have posted about some upcoming events of interest to scholars of Aquinas and mediaeval thought who live in the U.S., Ireland, or Australia (or would like to travel to one of these destinations).
Back in January Crisis published a piece I wrote on the Vatican II declaration on religious freedom Dignitatis humanae. In that piece I argued that Dignitatis humanae does not teach that all religions have equal rights. Last week I put up the original, unedited version on my Academia.edu page. If this topic interests you, you might like to check out my paper.
A few weeks ago I read an interview with John Searle at NewPhilosopher. Prof. Searle surprisingly reveals that “[n]o philosopher has influenced me as much as Hemingway, Faulkner and Fitzgerald.” More than Austin and Wittgenstein? Apparently so.