Sobre mudanças (e o permanente)

Uma chama é uma coisa. É por isso que damos a ela um nome e podemos apontar para ela. Podemos dizer o mesmo de um rio. Porém, o que essas duas coisas na verdade representam são duas espécies de mudança incorporada. Se a chama deixasse de cintilar, ou o rio de fluir, parariam de existir. […]

On changes (and the unchanging)

A flame is a thing. That’s why we give it a name and can point to it. The same can be said of a river. But, of course, what these two things actually represent are two kinds of embodied change. If the flame were to stop flaring, or the river stop flowing, each would cease to […]

Two New Reviews

July, 2021: Two new reviews I recently wrote on books dealing with Aquinas’s understanding of “being as first known” and on the semiotic Thomism of John Deely are now available on my site. One is already published in the Salesian Indian journal of philosophy and education, Divyadaan, and the other soon to appear in the […]

The Long Bony Finger

The prophet and the philosopher are both pointers. Prophets point at, philosophers point out. But both point. By doing so, they endeavor to carry to consummation that spontaneous act of pointing begun long ago when they were infants. No one needs to teach a baby how to point. Ever since emerging from the womb, they […]

Os “professores” do Brasil

Hey, I’m a professor!!! No início do novo século, eu tive uma licença sabática de um ano em Munique, Alemanha. Na época, eu já era professor concursado em uma universidade federal brasileira. Me apresentei para ser alojado em uma casa em Munique com vários doutorandos do mundo. Já tinha feito meu doutorado em 1988, e […]

Tomás, tomismos e tomistas

Foi no ano 1966 que eu, pela primeira vez, segurei em minhas mãos um livro de Tomás de Aquino. Uma escola ursulina perto da minha casa estava vendendo livros antigos do seu acervo e eu – já na adolescência um bibliófilo – fui buscar algumas pechinchas. Após ter selecionado três ou quatro títulos de interesse […]

On Visually Reading the Apocalypse

In the late 14th century, Europe had passed through the Black Death, killing a third of its population (and a full half of its doctors and priests), was in the midst of the 100 Years’ War and had two rival claimants to the papacy. In 1373, the Duke of Anjou commissioned a woven depiction of […]

Wonders, Transcendences, Domains and Wisdoms

The initial concern, leading me to articulate these related but not entirely coincident triads, regarded the positioning of the love of wisdom – what we traditionally call philosophy – in its relation to three kindred domains: 1) within its nurturing matrix in the world of the humanities and the arts, 2) its relation to the […]