My Philosophical Notes

This collects some links to material from others and to my own notes related to various philosophical questions.

  • My annotated notes on Andrew Davison’s book Participation in God. (Nov. 2021)
  • My annotated pdf copy of Michael Hanby’s Communio article (Fall, 2016) on “Technology and Time.” (Oct. 2019)
  • My revised notes on Michael Di Fuccia’s book, Owen Barfield: Philosophy, Poetry, and Theology.  Here are some shortened notes on Di Fuccia’s book, with an emphasis on physics, including David Bohm’s implicate order. These are quite detailed notes (105 pages)with my own thoughts laid out at length. (October, 2019)
  • My notes and comments on David C. Schindler’s 2019 Mars Hill Aeropagus Lecture on Christian freedom. (Oct. 2019)
  • My annotations to Michael Hanby’s book, No God, No Science (August, 2019).
  • My unpublished essay “The Dao of Christ,” discussing my April 2016 trip to a physics conference in China and how the Chinese mind may be prepared to accept Christ. (updated May 2019)
  • My annotations with a Thomistic critique of Sarah Lane Ritchie’s 2017 Zygon article on “DANCING AROUND THE CAUSAL JOINT: CHALLENGING THE THEOLOGICAL TURN IN DIVINE ACTION THEORIES.” I argue that Thomas can meet her critique.
  • Copy of my printed article, “Beyond Imagination: the True Meaning of Creation,” for the Anglican Way Magazine. (Nov. 2018)
  • A draft essay, “Reflections on Biology and Theology,” based on a response to an essay “Microbes have no morals,” by Ed Yong. My response reflects on evolution and creation philosophically, given that we have a good universe with a good telos, where everything is in relationship with everything else.
  • Paper by Thomist Robert C. Koons, “Hylomorphic Escalation: An Aristotelian Interpretation of Quantum Thermodynamics and Chemistry,” published in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Online December 5, 2017); a pdf is available also from Prof. Koons website.  In these notes for myself and Dr. D. C. Schindler of the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC, I analyze and critique this paper and argue for a more expansive view incorporating the hylomorphic unity of elementary fields/particles within the scope of a Thomist/neoplatonic framework. (March, 2018)
  • Link to a review from First Things of the book edited by R. C. Koons and others entitled “Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science,” which is an open-access downloadable book. Here is a review from Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.    My own perspective: Aristotle alone is insufficient, but Thomas Aquinas draws from the neo-Platonic perspective of the Patristic tradition and provides a needed corrective.
  • My two sets of notes on Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary written before and after meeting with Iain in December, 2018 (following his presentation at the American Enterprise Institute). This lays out thinking on the left-right asymmetry of the brain and implications for how human beings encounter the world.
  • My talk “Renewing the Christian Imagination” for the 2018 Conference on God, Science, and Humanity sponsored by The Prayer Book Society. I have a set of notes relating to the talk, “Notes Towards a Metaphysics Adequate to Contemporary Science.” (Feb. 2018)
  • My talk, “How should science and faith relate to one another?“, for the Feb. 18, 2017, Conference of The Prayer Book Society. (Feb. 2017)
  • Some notes on the science-faith interaction. (June 2015)
  • Some notes from 2014 on Bill Gates’ “Big History” project. (Dec. 2014)
  • Class handout notes and Powerpoint slides from my 2011 series of 9 classes on “The Face of God: Living with the First Christians,” based on the book by Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought. (Feb.-April 2011)
  • Class handouts for a series of 10 Sunday School classes I taught on “Science and Faith: Anglican Perspectives.” (Fall, 2005)
  • Article I wrote in 1965 for the Wofford College Journal, entitled “Science and Civilization: the Reflections of a Scientist.” This was the year I graduated from Wofford. (May 1965)

Simon Oliver’s 2017 Stanton Lectures at the University of Cambridge are at this link. Simon is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, Durham University, UK.  The 6 lectures are entitled:
     Creation and the Question of Teleology 
     Aristotelian Explanations: Forms, Final Causes, Powers and Dispositions
     Teleology and the Science of Explanation
     Consciousness, Intention and Final Causation
     The Teleology of Nature and Grace
     Christ the Alpha and Omega: A Teleology of Life

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