Fr Francis E Reilly SJ Endowed Fund for a Philosophy Chair

Current Chair holder with the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities,
and scholarly work

         
       Tomas G Rosario Jr, PhD

         SY 2011 - 2012
        
Title: Art vs. Mortality

         Abstract:
         Artists have always been viewed with suspicion by those who appointed themselves as the guardians of the moral welfare of the society.
         In general, they are perceived as indifferent to if not deliberately opposed to the moral standards of the society. It was, in fact, the chief
         accusation of Plato that they have the power to corrrupt the society as a whole. On the other hand, however, Aristotle has viewed art as
         an expression of man's natural tendency to imitate and that it is also a strong evidence of man's superiority to other animals. But what
         many may find astounding is the alleged Scholastic, and perhaps Thomistic position, that art is not subordinate to morality because
         they are mutually independent. One Thomist even noted that there is  a sense in which art is superior to prudence. Another Thomist
         however contended that art should not be completely isolated from moral regulation.

         This is a journal article published in Ad Veritatem, Multi-Disciplinary Research Journal of the UST Graduate School, 10 (2010) pp 143-164.

 

 
         SY 2012-2013
         Title: Art as Infallible: Did St. Thomas Hold This View?

 
         Abstract:
         Jacques Maritain, who is one of the leading Thomist thinkers, presented in his book on Scholastic conception of art that, as such, art is
         infallible or involves no mistake. In his exposition, he showed that this much-debated thesis is rooted in Aquinas’s conception of 
art as
         an intellectual virtue. In other words, he argued that the notion of virtue in general is always ordained to what is good and entails the
         view that the virtue of the artist is not undermined even if he produces a defective artwork. But our examination and critical analysis
         of the pertinent texts in Aquinas’s treatise on virtue do not favourably support Maritain’s interpretation.
 

           

         SY 2013-2014
         Title: The Role of Dialogue in St. Thomas' Thought
 
         Abstract:
         One anti-mainstream philosophy thinker, Richard Rorty, has accused Plato, Kant, and even St. Thomas Aquinas as foundationalist
         thinkers i.e. philosophers whom he reinterpreted to be opponents of communicative rationality, or, in traditional parlance, dialogue.
         Focusing his defense on the thought of St.Thomas, the author of this essay argued that St. Thomas was, contrary to Rorty's misreading
         of the philosophy of the saint, an advocate of dialogue in the pursuit of truth whether in the field of philosophy or theology. In order to
         buttress his position that St.Thomas's mode of philosophical thinking is not an obstacle to dialogue, the author of this article raised the
         following fundamental arguments: one, that during the more than two decades of his intellectual life, Aquinas has, in fact, continuously
         read and learned not only from pagan thinkers like Plato and Aristotle, but also from Muslim philosophical thinkers like Avicenna and
         Averroes, and with other non-Christian pre-Medieval thinkers like Boethius and Pseudo-Dionysius; two, that inspite of the apparently
         argumentative character of the literary format of his writings, his mode of argumentation is essentially an intellectual activity of dialogical
         collaboration, and that his employment of the tool of distinction is vital to the said goal of dialogical effort to arrive at truth. 

 
         This is a journal article published in Ad Veritatem, Multi-Disciplinary Research Journal of the UST Graduate School, 12 (2012)