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Posted inPhilosophy

Taking Feser to Task on Human Intellect

Reading Time: 9 minutes Here is a guest post from author Gunther Laird, who takes aim at Edward Feser and his Thomistic philosophy. Please grab Laird’s excellent book that takes Feser head on. In the meantime: The fact that so many intellectuals don’t share their peculiar ideas has been a thorn in the side of Thomists ever Catholicism fell […]

Posted inReligion, Sex & Gender

Contraceptive Causality: Natural Law & Sexual Ethics

Reading Time: 7 minutes Gunther Laird has recently written a superb refutation of Natural Law Theory (NLT), as espoused these days by Christian thinkers such as Edward Feser who build upon work of Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle. This kind of worldview underwrites conservative lawmakers who try to utilise NLT to underwrite modern jurisprudence. Therefore, whilst some might see a […]

Posted inEthics

The Problems of Pure Act

Reading Time: 7 minutes This is a guest post from Gunther Laird, whose superb new book The Unnecessary Science: A Critical Analysis of Natural Law Theory (UK), a devastating critique of Ed Feser, Thomas Aquinas and Natural Law Theory, is out now. Over to Laird: The philosopher Edward Feser, in most of his published books and articles (such as The Last […]

Posted inBooks, Ethics

The Unnecessary Science

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Unnecessary Science: A Critical Analysis of Natural Law Theory (Onus Books) is a cracking book tackling the work of Edward Feser in his defences and use of Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle in trying to establish natural law theory and its connected areas of essentialism and so on. It is written by Gunther Laird and is just […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Act & Potency: Responding to a Critic

Reading Time: 6 minutes Some weeks back, I posted a short piece on act and potency, “Criticising the Idea of Potential and Actuality in Natural Law Philosophy” in which I quoted extensively from a book I am presently editing by Gunther Laird. Recently, I have received a response on this (“Response To A Tippling Philosopher On Act and Potency”) […]

Posted inReligion

Feser and Free Will – Characters in a Story

Reading Time: 6 minutes I am presently editing a book by Gunther Laird, who has a keen interest in critiquing Thomism and Edward Feser’s defence thereof. The book has a working title of The Unnecessary Science, and is solid and hefty refutation of the core tenets and claims of Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy as often formulated in natural law theory. Here, Laird […]

Posted inReligion

Divine Foreknowledge, Time, Free Will and Thomism

Reading Time: 7 minutes This is effectively a guest post by Ficino, commenter and sometimes contributor here at ATP. Massive thanks to him as I need as much help as I can get these days! I and Ficino have written about this topic previously, linked below. These were long comments that originally appeared at Debunking Christianity: Here I try […]

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