Analytically Oriented Thomism, M. Szatkowski (Ed.), Editiones Scholasticae, 2016.
As the title suggests, this collection of twelve essays – by an international team of researchers – is the result of intersecting two areas of philosophical investigation which are often thought to be widely apart: Analytic Philosophy and the doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas. The authors breathe new life into old ideas by examining Thomasic theses and arguments by applying the tools and techniques of Analytic Philosophy. The volume begins with an introductory essay: “What Is Analytically Oriented Thomism?” The other essays divide into four broad categories: (1) The Thomasic Doctrine of God (essays 2-4); (2) Thomasic Metaphysics: Logical Reconstruction (essay 5); (3) Thomasic Metaphysics: Ontology and Epistemology (essays 6-9); (4) Philosophical Theology (essays 10-11). This book will be helpful to anyone interested in understanding and evaluating St. Thomas’s ideas.
God, Truth, and other Enigmas, M. Szatkowski (ed.), Philosophical Analysis, De Gruyter Ontos, 2015.
The book God, Truth, and other Enigmas is a collection of eighteen essays that fall under four headings: (God’s) Existence/Non-Existence, Omniscience, Truth, and Metaphysical Enigmas. The essays vary widely in topic and tone. They provide the reader with an overview of contemporary philosophical approaches to the subjects that are indicated in the title of the book.
Substantiality and Causality, M. Szatkowski, M. Rosiak (eds.), Philosophical Analysis 60, De Gruyter Ontos, 2014.
The content of the volume is divided as follows: after presenting two rival approaches to substantiality and causality: a traditional (ontological) view vs. a transcendental one (Rosiak) there follow two sections: the first presents studies of substance as showing some causal aspects (Buchheim, Keinänen, Kovac, Piwowarczyk), whereas the other contains investigations of causality showing in a way its reference to the category of substance (Kobiela, Meixner, Mitscherling, Wroński). The last, short section contains two studies of extension (Leszczyński and Skowron) which can be regarded as a conceptual background of both substantiality and causality. The book gives a very colourful picture of the discussions connected with substantiality and causality which may be of potential interest for the readers.
Dualistic Ontology of the Human Person, M. Szatkowski (ed.), Philosophia, Munich 2013.
The authors (all but one) of this volume met in Warsaw on February 20 – 21, 2012 at the Ontological Workshop: E. J. Lowe’s Dualistic Ontology of the Human Person. The major goal was to discuss some of the issues of the ontology of the human person, with the special focus on the solutions proposed by E. J. Lowe. The organizers of the Workshop wanted to recognize the contribution of Prof. E. J. Lowe to formal ontology in general, and to the ontology of the human person in particular. The first part – Dualistic ontology of the human person: a general approach – comprises four papers which introduce the reader to the complex ontological issues involved in human personhood; this part does not focus on particular theories or opinions. The second part – Lowe’s ontology of the human person vis-à-vis other approaches – includes four papers. In one of them, “Body, Soul, and Self”, E. J. Lowe presents his own approach, whereas in the other three articles the authors refer to Lowe’s ontology and suggest their own solutions, or compare Lowe’s approach with other ones. In the four articles of the third part – Lowe-unoriented ontologies of the human person – different issues related to soul-body dualism are discussed, relativized to particular theories or opinions, but without any reference to Lowe’s approach.
Ontological Proofs Today, M. Szatkowski (ed.), Philosophical Analysis 50, De Gruyter Ontos, 2013.
The book Ontological Proofs Today, apart from the introduction, consists of six parts. Part II comprises papers each of which pertains either to historical ontological arguments, or to some other, rather new, ontological arguments, but what makes them stand out from the other papers in this volume, is the fact that they all treat of the omniscience or the omnipotence of God. Part III includes papers which introduce new ontological arguments for the existence of God, without referring to omniscience and omnipotence as the transparent attributes of God. The issue of the type of necessity with which ontological proofs work or may work is raised in the articles of Part IV. In Part V the semantics for some ontological proofs are defined. Part VI consists of papers which, although quite different from each other in terms of content, all explore some ontological issues, and formal ontology may be considered the link between them. Part VII comprises two articles, by R. E. Maydole and G. Oppy, mutually controversial and different in their assessment of some ontological proofs.