Congratulations to Heights Upper School teacher (History of Western Thought, Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Theology), Larry Kaiser, who on January 24th successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Rome, Italy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In addition to the coursework, writing for the dissertation began nearly six years ago and culminated in the fall of 2016.
The work, “Mirabilis dubitatio: Understanding formal production in Thomas Aquinas and its role in his metaphysics of esse”, is a work in Thomistic metaphysics and analyzes Aquinas’s doctrine as to how one of the Aristotelian causes comes to be. Following the opinion of Aristotle, Aquinas notes that the philosophical puzzle of unqualified coming to be is a “wondrous difficulty” for the metaphysician. The dissertation by Kaiser addresses not unqualified coming to be, but its cause — the production of the specifying cause of form.
Mirabilis dubitatio is undergoing the process for the imprimatur in anticipation of its publication.