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I seem to be an itinerant teacher and researcher in philosophy, presently teaching at Asbury 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.


April 9, 2019

Uploaded a translation of DM 13.9, in which Suárez asks what the causality of matter is and includes some interesting remarks on the mode of union between matter and form.

June 18, 2018

Uploaded a translation of DBM 6.4, in which Suárez asks whether the goodness an interior act of the will receives from its end is something real added to the act or is an extrinsic denomination.

June 8, 2018

Added many new entries to the bibliography.

December 12, 2017

Added many new entries to the bibliography.

December 29, 2016

Uploaded a translation of Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza's discussion of whether effects need to be individuated by the First Cause, i.e., God. Suárez says they do and uses this claim in a brief argument for concurrentism. Hurtado offers a longer discussion.

December 29, 2016

Added dozens of new entries to the bibliography.

July 21, 2016

Added a sizeable number of entries to the bibliography.

March 17, 2016

Uploaded a translation of the Disputatio metaphysica 10.1, which is the first section from Suárez's discussion of transcendental goodness.

December 30, 2015

Uploaded a translation of the prefatory material and first question (on substantial generation and corruption) from Suárez's commentary on Aristotle's On Generation and Corruption.

October 29, 2015

Uploaded a translation of one of Suárez's discussions of the way in which God knows future contingents: De scientia Dei futurorum contingentium 1.8.

October 27, 2015

Uploaded another revised translation: De fine hominis 1.3.

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.