Pasnau in Progress (May 2018)
"Belief in a Fallen World" (Res Philosophica, forthcoming in a special issue on the philosophy of religion)
In an ideal epistemic world, our beliefs would correspond to our evidence, and our evidence would be bountiful. In the world we live in, however, if we wish to live meaningful lives, other epistemic strategies are necessary. Here I attempt to work out, systematically, the ways in which evidentialism fails us as a guide to belief. This is so preeminently for lives of a religious character, but the point applies more broadly.
Work in Progress
I am in the early stages of research into what I hope will be a book on voluntarism in the fourteenth century. The goal is to look very widely at the many aspects of voluntarism, as it concerns not just the scholastic debate over free will but also in ethics, politics, and literature.
I am also at work on various projects in recent epistemology, and I continue to study my Arabic!
Does philosophy make progress? If so, why bother studying its history? The answer I offer here is that we should study it because it is beautiful. Written for the 2011 PhilProgress symposium at Harvard.
- William Ockham, Summula philosophiae naturalis Book I
- A somewhat abridged translation of Book I, which contains what I regard as the best medieval introduction to the foundations of Aristotelian metaphysics.
- John Buridan on identity over time:
- Two short, accessible examples of medieval metaphysics at its very best.
- Siger of Brabant, Questions on De anima Book III
- A complete translation, albeit rough and unchecked, including some suggested emendations to the text.
Francisco Suarez, On Quantity (excerpt from Disputationes Metaphysicae XL).
- A translation, with facing Latin, of section 2 of Suarez's interesting account of the category of quantity,
where he argues against the nominalist's (esp. Ockham's) reductive treatment of quantity, and sketches his own view.
- Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle's De memoria et reminiscentia
- A rough translation of chapters two and three, based on the Leonine edition.
- Peter John Olivi, Questions on the Sentences, Book II
- These translations are revised versions of what appears in the appendix of my dissertation.
Peter Auriol, Does an accident have an essence and reality that is bounded and complete? (IV Sent. d.12 q.1 a.1)
- A dense but rewarding discussion of the ontological status of accidents.
Unpublished Texts and Notes