Hispanic Thomistic Bibliograpy: Years 2012 (second part) and 2013 (first part)

The catalog of Hispanic publications related to Thomism that began last year continues here. The same criteria are followed: the publications collected are those written in each of the languages ​​born in ancient Hispania: Spanish, Portuguese and Galician, Catalan and Basque. As Thomist studies understand those inspired by this doctrine, either by following it or by answering it. Each item is presented complete, avoiding the discomfort of cross-references. And publications are included that, without being monographically of Thomistic theme, contain pages of particular interest in this regard.

Issue 147

Year 63 | 2014 Articles Unity by Synthesis Francisco Canals Vidal Values and Freedom. The Axiological question in the Thought of Cornelio Fabro Giovanni Turco The fundamental unity of Antonio Millan Puelles’ major works José Juan Escandell An Overview to Sociology’s...

Objectives and methods of science

The recent discovery of the Higgs boson, an entity predicted theoretically since the 60s of the twentieth century, has revived the old controversy about the power of mathematics and the methodology and purpose of the sciences.

The joke of evolutionism

When I entered into the relationship of S. Gould’s essays, I found an authentic world dotted with suggestive contradictions. They go through their pages elk, worms, orchids, dinosaurs, and even pigs, pandas … and Mickey Mouse; notes on art, typography, cinematography, politics … He likes to go constantly to the work of Darwin but to put it on his part, discovering aspects of his genius to integrate them into his own system through skilful interpretations.

René Girard: the political impotence of an apocalyptic thinker

Achever Clausewitz, the last great work of René Girard, is the most recent fruit of the interdisciplinary ambition of the creator of the mimetic theory, who disembarks in the political arena convinced that the laws and theories of the political can be subsumed into the great universal legality and timeless of mimetic anthropology. To undertake the effort, Girard offers us in this long interview a re-reading of the work of Carl Von Clausewitz, the great contemporary military strategist of Napoleon, who wanted to make war, it is said, “the continuation of politics by other means “

The reality of the constituent power, between the liberal myth and the counterrevolutionary objection

Part I of this article starts by approaching the idea of the constituent power of the people, typical of liberal constitutionalism, as posited by Sieyès and received by the political and legal system currently in force in the West. Then comes a demonstration of the unviability of the concept that proposes that someone could be entitled to social or political command without exercising it (as postulated by the so-called “sovereignty of the people”): as a matter of fact, social and political command is a form of legal power essentially linked to the performance of a duty, and therefore the holder of that power will be the person who (legitimately) exercises command; some remarks on the so called sovereignty “in the State” and on the real sovereignty of the State; and finally a suggestion in favor of a realistic view of the causal role of consensus at the constitutional level. Part II aims to give a systematic answer to the question of the constituent power. Firstly, the two terms that make up the locution are analyzed (i. e., “political power” and “constitution”). Then it is made clear that the constituent power is one of the functions of political power. Consequently, it is concluded that the principle of the constituent power of the people (or the nation) has no foundations in objective reality. Part III focuses on the modern counterrevolutionary assumptions concerning the constitution (as posited by Joseph de Maistre) and demonstrates how questionable are the grounds –particularly for a thomist philosophy- from which a critical thesis against the reality and legitimacy of constituent power can be made by such position

From Ortega to Marias, around Education of the emotions

This brief essay attempts to show Julian Marias´ perspective on feelings education following the traces of his most direct philosophical influences: Ortega and Unamuno. It emphasizes the significance that Julian Marias gives to this topic, as this area of education is considered as a modulation of the vital instalation or, as he says in spanish, a modulation of the “temple”. The keys of this proposal are displayed and synthesized, and among them should be specially considered concepts as friendship or love, this last one are understood by Marias as donation to the others

An Overview to Sociology’s scope and impact in the art of Law

This study is an open and critical approach that aims to shed some light on the Theory of Law reviewing some of the effects which the influence of sociological positivism has had, and the consequent alteration on its scientific object. Under a crosscutting approach to politics, the article will discuss the scope of this transformation in the context of the current legal culture, based on the preference the interrelationship between the legal system and the modern State gets. The aforesaid contrasts with justice as the fundamental problem of Law in its classical sense

The fundamental unity of Antonio Millan Puelles’ major works

Most written work (books) of Antonio Millán-Puelles is twenty titles. In this paper we determine what are some glitches were excluded and his unit is investigated. Titles grouped by subject, it seems clear that Millán-Puelles provides a foundation to enter their work in two capital books: Fundamentos de filosofía and Léxico filosófico. The rest of the books revolve around anthropology and ethics, and metaphysics. Regarding the former, the key work is La estructura de la subjetividad and ethics, La libre afirmación de nuestro ser. As for the latter Teoría del objeto puro. All other whirl around these. Thus it is clear that Milan-Puelles gets an original and unique synthesis between Aristotelian-Thomistic realist philosophy and the phenomenological and existentialist philosophies

Values and Freedom. The Axiological question in the Thought of Cornelio Fabro

In Cornelio Fabro’s thinking, the notion of value is investigated from different points of view. It is considered in the “dialectics” of moral value, in essential axiological requirements, and in its metaphysical underpinnings. His perspective is radically different from any Kantian or immanentist “philosophy of values”. The upshot is the philosophical stand according to which knowing, acting and being are intrinsically axiological. Hence, no axiological neutrality is possible or real, in any field. This is an original aspect of Fabro’s thought –which has been so far overlooked– but which is certainly interesting, particularly in the reals of morality, law, and politics

Unity by Synthesis

This lecture, given by Francisco Canals Vidal on the day the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU awarded him the degree of Doctor Honoris causa, in 2005, suggests core themes and lines of reflection in order to draw the attention on the doctrinal synthesis of saint Thomas Aquinas, unknown to many thomists, as well. In effect, Aquinas synthesizes dimensions of reality which have been constituted in unity by the divine creative action. Even more, since saint Thomas is a “Christian philosopher” it is not convenient to split his synthetic ability between human natural being and activity, and the constitutives of man’s elevation to the supernatural order of divine filiation and its consummation in the eternal beatitude to which all supernatural and gratuitous gifts given by the divine generosity are ordered. Nevertheless, all these dimensions, assumed with unilateral exclusiveness, have given way in human thought to inadequate options among antithetic stances, which ended up postulating in post-Kantian modernity the dialectics of the opposites as the factor of movement and life of human thought