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  • Co-editor with James Reilly of Thomas Aquinas' De divinisnominibus. The Latin text and the critical apparatus are finished, and the entire work with a doctrinal and historical introduction will be published in the Opera omnia of Thomas Aquinas (Leonine Commission, Rome) shortly.
  • At the request of P. O. Lewry of Oxford and Toronto, I have agreed to complete the critical edition of Robert Kilwardby's Commentary on the Nicomachean Ethics. The edition is now finished and the work will be published in the series, Geistesgeschichte desMittelalters (Thomas-Institut, University of Cologne) upon completion of the introduction. Professor Lewry was unable to complete the edition before his death.
  • I have finished a book examining the importance of moral tradition for the teaching of practical wisdom. This work examines also the method by which moral principles are best taught. The title of the book is Practical Wisdom and the Moral Tradition.


  • "Happiness" to appear in the Springer Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy, 2008.
  • "Robert Kilwardby's Ethics," a chapter to appear in Brill Companion to Robert Kilwardby, to be published by Brill (Leiden) in 2008.
  • "Phronesis, Prudence and Moral Goodness in the Thriteenth Century Commentaries on the Nicomachean Ethics," to appear in Mediaevalia Philosophica Polonorum, 2007.
  • "The Relation of felicitas to beatitudo in the pre-1250 commentaries on the Ethica Nicomachea," Documenti e studi sulla tadizione filosofica medievale, XVII, 2006, 1-22.
  • "The Importance of the Exception in the Education of the Aristotelian Phronimos," in Die Ausnahme denken: Festschrift zum 60. Geburtstag von Klaus-Michael Kodalle in zwei Bänden, ed. C. Dierksmeier (Würzburg, 2003), I, 107-115.
  • "The Good Thief, Cain and Thomas Aquinas: The Problem of Moral Perfection in Medeival Thought," submitted for publication to theJournal of the History of Philosophy.
  • "From Priam to the Good Thief: The Significance of a Single Act in Greek Ethics and Medieval Moral Teaching," The Etienne Gilson Series, 22 and Studies in Medieval Moral Teaching, 3 (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2000).
  • "Robert Kilwardby on the Relation of Virtue to Happiness," Medieval Philosophy and Theology, 8 (1999), 149-162.
  • "Medieval Theories of Practical Reason," in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ( under p for practical reason (1999).
  • "The End of Practical Wisdom: Ethics as Science in the Thirteenth Century," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 33 (1995), 225-243.
  • "Boethius of Dacia," entry for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, v. 115: Medieval Philosophers, ed. J. Hackett (Detroit, 1992), 118-121.
  • "Robert Kilwardby and the Limits of Moral Science," read at the 24th International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 7, 1989; published in Philosophy and the God of Abraham: Essays in Memory of James A. Weisheipl, ed. R. J. Long (Toronto, 1991), 31-40.
  • "Play and the Theory of Basic Human Goods," AmericanPhilosophical Quarterly, 28 (1991), 137-146.
  • "Aristotle on Human Goodness: Commentary on R. Renehan's 'Aristotle's Doctrine of the Proper End of Man: Some Observations'," read at the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, Oct. 19, 1989; published in Proceedings of The Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy, VI (1990), 102-114.
  • "Act of the Intellect or Act of the Will: The Critical Reception of Aristotle's Ideal of Human Perfection in the 13th and Early 14th Centuries," Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge, 57 (1990), 93-119.
  • "Boethius of Dacia on the Highest Good," Traditio, 43 (1987), 199-214.
  • "The Concept of Worldly Beatitude in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 25 (1987), 215-226; reprinted in Great Political Thinkers, edd. J. Dunn & I. Harris, v. VII (Elgar Publ., Cheltenham, 1994).
  • "Peter of Auvergne's Questions on Books I and II of theNicomachean Ethics," Mediaeval Studies, 48 (1986), 1-110.
  • "The 'finis hominis' in the thirteenth-century commentaries on theNicomachean Ethics," Archives d'histoire doctrinale et littéraire du moyen âge, 53 (1986), 23-53.
  • "The Understanding of the Concept of Happiness in the pre-1250 Commentaries on the Ethica Nicomachea," in a special issue ofMedioevo (University of Padua), 12 (1986), 29-53 devoted to medieval moral philosophy.
  • "Aristotle on Beatitude," Ancient Philosophy, V, 2 (1985), 205-214.

Book Reviews (A Selection)

  • C. Trottmann, La vision béatifique des disputes scolastiques à sa définition par Benoît XII, in Speculum, 73 (1998), 909-911.
  • L. Sturlese, Storia della filosofia tedesca nel medioevo. Il secolo XIII,Archives internationales d'histoire des sciences, 47, (1997), 36-38.
  • J. Wissink (ed.), The Eternity of the World in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas and his Contemporaries in Archives internationales d'histoire des sciences, 42 (1992), 354.
  • S. Salkever, Finding the Mean: Theory and Practice in Aristotelian Political Philosophy, in Canadian Philosophical Reviews, 11, (1991), 66-67.
  • Arnald of Villanova, Arnaldi de Villanovi Opera medici omnia IV. . ., ed. L. Demaitre, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 45 (1990), 501.
  • Boethius of Dacia On the Supreme Good. . . tr. J. Wippel, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 28 (1989), 286-287.
  • A. Wolters, Duns Scotus on the Will and Morality, CanadianPhilosophical Reviews, 7 (1987), 179-181.

Papers Read

  • Invited to present the lecture, "From Priam to the Good Thief: The Significance of a Single Event in Greek Ethics and Medieval Moral Teaching," at Boston College (Bradley Lecture Series), March 23, 2001.
  • Response to E. Berti's, "The Reception of Aristotle's Intellectual Virtues in Gadamer and Hermeneutic Philosophy," Bradley Medieval Lecture Series, Dec. 6, 1999.
  • "Medieval Theories of Practical Reason," Boston Colloquium of Medieval Philosophy, Boston College, Feb. 22, 1999.
  • "Warum ist die Philosophie Aristoteles und des Mittelalters wichtig?" Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany, June 9, 1998.
  • "Robert Kilwardbys Kommentar zu der Ethica vetus und nova," Thomas-Institut, University of Cologne, Germany, May 6, 1998
  • "Aristoteles und der moralische Begriff 'Phronesis'," Collegium Philosophicum, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany, Apr. 29, 1998
  • "The Trial of the Century: Socrates and the Athenian Democracy," Stoughton (MA) High School, April 8, 1995.
  • "The Understanding of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics at the University of Paris in the 13th Century," International Society for the Classical Tradition, Boston University, March 8, 1995.
  • "The Role of the Educator in the Moral Tradition," The Superintendents' (of public schools) Center for Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration, N. Easton, MA, Feb. 7, 1995
  • "The End of Practical Wisdom: Ethics as Science in the 13th Century," The Boston Colloquium of Medieval Philosophy, Harvard University, April 13, 1992.
  • "Robert Kilwardby and the Unity of Ethical Science," Conference for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Sept. 26, 1992.
  • "Thomas Aquinas on the Divine Names," Society for Neoplatonic Studies, meeting at the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, Dec. 29, 1989.
  • "The Ethics of Nature," Stonehill College Biology Society, Apr. 20, 1988.
  • "Aristotle's Ethics and its Medieval Critics," Boston Colloquium for Medieval Philosophy, Brandeis University, Dec. 7, 1987; also read at the meeting of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, at the Eastern Division Conference of the American Philosophical Association, New York, Dec. 29, 1987.
  • "The Significance of Play in Modern Moral Theory," Rochester Institute of Technology, Jan. 25, 1988.
  • Plato's Critique of Religion," Philosophy Society of Stonehill College, Apr. 10, 1988.
  • "Siger of Brabant and the Perfection of Soul," Plymouth State University Conference on Medieval Studies, Apr. 15, 1988.
  • "William of Ockham and the Critique of Natural Ethics," Conference for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Oct. 10, 1987.
  • "The Role of the Divine in Aristotle's Ethics," College of the Holy Cross, Nov. 25, 1986.
  • "Beatitude and the Human Good: The Teachings of Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas as reflected in the De divinis nominibus," Conference for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Sept. 22, 1985.
  • "Boethius of Dacia's De summo bono, University of Toronto, Nov. 5, 1984.
  • "Aristotle's Concept of Human Goodness," Boston College, Feb. 11, 1982.
  • "The Study of Ethics at Paris, 1200-1250," Western Michigan University, May 6, 1982.
  • "Thomas Aquinas on the Divine Names," Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, March 11, 1982.