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Casual Thomist

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  1. Edward Feser's comments are really what sparked my interest in the time period. Thanks for all the advice!
  2. I would definitely be interested in looking at any literature you can throw my way from either perspective. What prompted the question in my mind is some assertions from modern day Thomists who say that while yeah, Galileo's world system was the nail in the coffin for Aristotle's physics, it was not for his metaphysics and the philosophy of nature behind them; I'm curious to see if they're right or not. Latin would be important if I wanted to make the transition into philosophy and make an examination of metaphysics/philosophy of nature the center of research, since St. Thomas Aquinas wo
  3. I'm under no illusions as to the current job market. I've been out of undergrad for about two years and the main reason I didn't initially go to grad school is because I got scared off by people telling me that I would never have a job, and that resulted in a six month stint volunteering abroad and an aborted foray into law school. Whether I go into history or philosophy, I'm at peace with the notion I meant spend a long time as an adjunct working for relatively little.
  4. I will admit that my interest in Scholastic metaphysics is rather broad and my number one priority right now is narrowing down towards a research question. I would say that my highest interest is in the way St. Thomas and the scholastics restated and used Artistotle's four causes and principles. I asked my original question because I have two ways of stating my determined question, one in terms of philosophy and one in terms of history. If I were to frame my study in terms of philosophy, I would want to examine a question such as: "How can the principle of motion (for example) be defended
  5. Is it possible to transition into philosophy? I got a bachelors in history in 2017 from a small liberal arts college without any reputation and originally planned to study intellectual history, but since then have found my interests drifting towards pure philosophy instead (I'm interested specifically in scholastic metaphysics). How difficult would it be to use my degree to get into a philosophy program, and if it is possible for me to do so, what would you recommend I do with my time between now and November to increase my chances? For example, I work at the institution I graduated from
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