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The Philosophy of Nature By Michael J. Dodds, O.P.
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The theories and discoveries of contemporary science, from physics and cosmology to chemistry and biology, point to the need for a philosophy of nature. Science continues to raise questions that... More > exceed the limits of its method. It notices, for instance, a holistic behavior in atoms, molecules and organisms that cannot be explained by a quantitative, reductionistic account of their parts. It finds purpose in biological structures that suggests the presence of a mode of causality beyond quantitative force. In fact, the questions of contemporary science invite a retrieval of aspects of causality that were ignored or rejected in the scientific revolution of Galileo and Newton. This book contributes to that work of retrieval by exploring the account of nature and causality in the philosophy of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, not as an historical curiosity, but as a possible resource in addressing the questions of contemporary science through a new philosophy of nature.< Less
Philosophical Anthropology By Michael J. Dodds, O.P.
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The human being has always been a question. Gifted with understanding, we wonder how to understand ourselves. Philosophy has pondered this question from its very beginnings, and the discoveries of... More > contemporary science seem only to deepen the conundrum. We have found out much about the brain and its functions, but the relation of the brain to the mind still seems to elude us. We have mapped the human genome, yet the instantiation of new human life remains mysterious. We have traced our human origins through evolution, but how the first humans came to be is still obscure. Are we merely material or also spiritual? And if so, is the human hopelessly split between matter and spirit, body and soul, or is human wholeness more than just a slogan-- perhaps an ontological reality? This book explores such questions and offers some insights by retrieving the philosophical tradition of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.< Less