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I seem to be an itinerant teacher and researcher in philosophy, presently holding a visiting position at Cornell University. My research focuses on a philosopher of the Spanish Golden Age, Francisco Suárez (1548-1617). Though he was long highly-regarded and was one of the primary conduits between medieval scholasticism and early modern philosophy, Suárez has been rather neglected in recent scholarship. I started out looking at his views in ethics, but I am also interested in his metaphysics.

In addition to Suárez, I am interested more generally in the history of ethics, especially the medieval and early modern periods. I am also interested in philosophy of religion, metaphysics, and epistemology, again especially as discussed in the medieval and early modern periods.

You can find a bit more about me here and a good deal more about my research here.


January 31, 2015

Some of the translations on this site are quite rough; occasionally, I will revise one or another of them. Today I uploaded a completely redone version of Suarez's discussion of the truth of cognition in DM 8.2.

December 6, 2014

Uploaded a translation of the first two section of Suarez's On the freedom of the divine will. In addition to the expected discussions of divine freedom, it contains some fascinating discussion of the sort of love God has for created things.

December 1, 2014

Uploaded a translation of Suarez's DM 13.3. This is one of the key sections to look at if trying to see why Suarez rejects corpuscularian accounts.

November 14, 2014

Uploaded three sections from Suarez's discussion of material causality and prime matter in DM 13 (sections 1, 2, and 5).

August 18, 2014

Uploaded Suarez, DM 12.1. In this section, Suarez discusses the relationship between principle and cause, spending significant time on principle.

June 9, 2014

I've added an updated version of the fantastic Suarez bibliography compiled by Jacob Schmutz. I know of no other bibliography as comprehensive as this one. If you know of any work on Suarez missing from this bibliography, I would be keen to hear about them.

March 31, 2014

Added links to several more volumes of the Leonine edition of Aquinas.

December 30, 2013

Uploaded Suarez, De gratia, Prolegomenon 1, ch. 3. In this chapter, Suarez further explains what he means when saying that a power is free that can both act and not act once all the prerequisites for acting have been posited.

April 9, 2013

Uploaded Suarez, De gratia, Prolegomenon 1, ch. 2. In this chapter, Suarez asks what is necessary in order for a power to be free and to act freely.

April 2, 2013

Uploaded Suarez, De gratia, Prolegomenon 1, ch. 1. Prolegomenon 1 is a fairly extensive treatment of freewill; the opening chapter clarifies how Suarez is using the term 'freedom'. Incidentally, if someone can point me to a digital copy of the 1619 first edition printed in Coimbra, I would be most grateful.

April 1, 2013

Uploaded Suarez, Metaphysical Disputations 32, section 1. In this text, Suárez asks whether being is proximately and sufficiently divided into substance and accident. He includes interesting discussion of modes, both generally and with respect to their division into substantial modes and accidental modes.

March 30, 2013

Uploaded a translation of Suárez's DM XXVI.1, where Suárez goes through the four kinds of causes in answering the question whether every cause is more noble than its effect.

March 26, 2013

Uploaded a translation of Richard Crakanthorpe's (1567-1624) chapter on relations from his Logicae libri quinque. In contrast to the reductionist accounts prevalent at the time, Crakanthorpe endorses a non-reductionist account of relations.

September 24, 2012

Updated various bits of the website and uploaded a translation of De bonitate et malitia VII.1, in which Suárez argues that at least some actions are intrinsically evil apart from any willed prohibition, divine or otherwise.

June 18, 2012

Added a couple of entries to my papers page and uploaded a translation of DM XII.2, part of Suárez's discussion of causation in general.

May 10, 2012

Created a page with links to online scans of many of the volumes of the Leonine edition of Aquinas. These scans are a nice complement to the searchable text of Aquinas at Corpus Thomisticum.

May 4, 2012

Uploaded a translation, albeit a somewhat rough one, of Arriaga's disputation on relations. It's a fascinating work from a scholastic philosopher very much influenced by Suarez but a great deal more willing to break with tradition than Suarez. Arriaga makes some compelling criticisms of Suarez's account of relations.