Good resources for “River Forest” Thomism…

Scholastic thought is vastly wider than most people realize, but even the big dog of Scholasticism, Thomism, is a raucously diverse large tent in its own right. Despite all appearances, I am at best a decently read novice in Thomism and Scholasticism. Given what I have read and learned so far, I consider myself a Gilsonian Thomist, but I’m well aware that other Thomists reject Gilson as a confused innovator. The dispute seems to center on the prominence given to Aquinas’ Aristotelianism per se and to esse. Edward Feser discusses the various branches of the Thomistic tradition here. Alan Aversa also provides a compact but helpful précis of River Forest Thomism.

The “River Forest”, or Laval, or Aristotelian, school of Thomism has always intrigued me, largely because it seems more engaged with the actual practice of science than the more rarified Thomism I have imbibed. (Another species of Thomism that intrigues me is Semiotic Thomism à la John Deely and Walker Percy, but that’s a tangent.)  This page presents a few of Charles De Koninck’s essays, and is part of the website larger Project. This website of Good Catholic Books also provides many of De Koninck’s writings. Since, of course, De Koninck was but one, albeit founding, figure in Aristotelian Thomism, he should be read in conjunction with other River Forest writings, of which there are several.

Happy reading!

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