By Gerard M. Verschuuren
We are living in a paradoxical time. technological know-how permits us to grasp an increasing number of, however it looks approximately much less and not more: we succeed in into outer area yet comprehend much less approximately our internal house; we create complicated machineries to direct our lives yet can't regulate ourselves; we see extra timber yet now not the woodland. Is there a treatment for those dichotomies? definite, philosophy, that may deliver coherence the place fragmentation looms, beginning vistas no telescope or microscope can ever reach—and particularly the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, simply because for greater than seven centuries it's been a beacon of surety in occasions of uncertainty, confusion, and tribulation.
Thomas’s 13th-century international used to be in lots of methods as turbulent as ours, faced with an inflow of latest principles, rife with doubtful philosophies no longer so diverse from the skepticism, secularism, and relativism that saturates ours. He understood either the fascination of his contemporaries with new discoveries and the confusions they generally introduced. No ask yourself then that his philosophy has been lauded by way of sleek thinkers similar to Albert Einstein, David Bohm, Werner Heisenberg, John Searle, and Alasdair MacIntyre—to identify yet a few.
The venture of Aquinas and sleek technological know-how: a brand new Synthesis of religion and cause is strictly to ask you on a journey throughout the richness of Thomas’s philosophy in its stumble upon with the sciences as we all know them this present day. allow his time-tested rules proceed to function an anchor of intelligibility in a sea of complicated claims.
“Gerard Verschuuren illustrates the perennial worth of Aquinas within the quest for an figuring out of the character of medical clarification. He bargains a transparent exposition of the 1st rules of idea and being, as pointed out and defended within the paintings of Aquinas.”—JUDE P. DOUGHERTY, Dean Emeritus of the dep. of Philosophy, Catholic college of America
“Verschuuren has written an informative, thought-provoking, witty, and irresistibly readable short for the continued relevance of Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy to fashionable technological know-how. he's at domestic in either worlds, and will clarify them in actual fact to people who are not.”—STEPHEN M. BARR, Professor within the division of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Bartol study Institute, Researcher in theoretical particle physics, collage of Delaware
“I am inspired via the author’s wisdom of technological know-how and insights into its excellent compatibility with Thomas’s common sense rules, in addition to his skill to translate the technical abstractions of either philosophy and technology into the language and idea strategies of clever laymen.”—PETER KREEFT, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College
“Gerard Verschuuren the following presents a considerate account of ways the philosophical imaginative and prescient of Aquinas may also help us greater see the harmony of truth, whereas additionally appreciating the wide variety of clinical disciplines that learn truth in its diversity.”—JOSEPH W. KOTERSKI, S.J., affiliate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
“This booklet is a finished introduction—for scholars and laypersons alike—to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, in addition to a treasure trove of insightful integrations with modern medical pondering. much more importantly, the writer offers a transparent instance of what any present Thomist could be attempting to do—talk to one’s contemporaries.”—JOHN F.X. KNASAS, Professor of Philosophy, middle for Thomistic reviews, collage of St. Thomas
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Metaphysics may be a “dirty word” to some, but all of us are surrounded and affected by it. Opposition to all philosophy is itself an implicit philosophy. Those who reject philosophy and metaphysics are actually using some form of them. What is the relationship, then, between science and metaphysics? Is physics the basis of our metaphysics, or is our metaphysics the basis of physics? Even a philosopher such as Bertrand Russell saw very clearly that physics cannot be the basis of metaphysics when he wrote, “It is not always realized how exceedingly abstract is the information that theoretical physics has to give.
Science has theories to help us understand nature, but they are subject to change—so we should not make science more than what it is. Religion, on the other hand, has truths to help us understand God, but they never change—so we should not make religion less than what it is. Religion reveals to us truths that no science can reach. But there cannot be any real conflicts between the two. Science tries to reach the truth but has not fully captured it yet. Religion, on the other hand, has the truth but has not fully understood it yet.
Now if physics gives us only the mathematical structure of material reality, then not only does it not tell us everything there is to know about material reality, but it implies that there must be more to material reality than what physics tells us. First of all, this is a truth one cannot deny without somewhat affirming it, for denials don’t have material qualifications such as being heavy or large, but instead immaterial qualifications of being true or false. Second, physics is about the material world, but in addition it needs immaterial entities such as logic and mathematics.
Aquinas and Modern Science: A New Synthesis of Faith and Reason by Gerard M. Verschuuren