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Do to some recent discussions, discussions that have shown that I needed a bit of a refresher on the subjects I am reading the following:

Essence and Existence by Jacques Maritain

The Domain of Being: Ontology by Celestine Bittle

Not to mention reviewing the notes I took when I was studying philosophy as a Franciscan.

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Do to some recent discussions, discussions that have shown that I needed a bit of a refresher on the subjects I am reading the following:

Essence and Existence by Jacques Maritain

The Domain of Being: Ontology by Celestine Bittle

Not to mention reviewing the notes I took when I was studying philosophy as a Franciscan.


If you are reading Essence and Existence... God Bless You! My Lord, that is a difficult read.

If you can digest it, even half way, you should feel proud!

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Just finished, "Alexandrina: The Agony and the Glory" by Francis Johnston.


Now reading Elizabeth Foss' "Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home."

I've been squeezing in as many books as I can before my semester starts again. :|

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If you are reading Essence and Existence... God Bless You! My Lord, that is a difficult read.

If you can digest it, even half way, you should feel proud!


Hello Justin it has been a while, you posted on the old board didn't you? Here is a list of the books used for Fr. Matthew's metaphysics class:

The Domain of Being: Ontology ------------------------------------- Bittle
Philosophy of Being -------------------------------------------------------Klubertanz
First Philosophy ----------------------------------------------------------- Kreyche
An Introduction to Metaphysics ------------------------------------------ Vaske
Perspectives on Reality --------------------------------------------------- Mann/Kreyche
A Modern Introduction to Metaphysics ---------------------------------- Drennen
An Introduction to the Science of Metaphysics ------------------------- Koren
An Elementary Christian Metaphysics ----------------------------------- Owen
The Philosophy of Being --------------------------------------------------- De Raeymaeker
Being and Becoming ------------------------------------------------------ Hawkins

By Maritain:

A Preface to Metaphysics
Essence and Existence
Introduction to Philosophy
Degrees of Knowledge

By Gilson:

God and Philosophy
Elements of Christian Philosophy

Fr. Matthew was very thorough and though they were not all required reading if you wanted to pass his course you had to at least review them. He was very "old-school" in his teaching method, The Scotists lost a good solid philosopher when Fr. Matthew died.

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Prayerfully Yours: Creating the Bond between Man and His Maker
by A.J. Twerski

Our Bodies, Our Souls: A Jewish Perspective on Feminine Spirituality
by T. Heller

What the Angel Taught You: 7 keys to Life Fulfillment
by N. Weinberg

The Eye of a Needle: Aish HaTorah's Kiruv Primer
compiled by Y. Coopersmith

My Father, My King: Connecting with the Creator
by Z. Pliskin

Growth through Tehillim: Exploring Psalms for Life Transforming Thoughts
by Z. Pliskin

This Way Up: Torah Essays on Spiritual Growth
by T. Heller

Shemirath Sabbath: A Guide to the Practical Observance of Sabbath
by Y. Neuwirth

The Light Beyond: Adventures in Hassidic Thought
by A. Kaplan

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by R. King

The Tontine
by T. Costain

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by M. Haddon


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Also dabbling in the Holy Blood, Holy Grail - I've been discussing the Da Vinci code with people at work and wanted to read the book it is based on.

And I just finished a "historical fiction" called "River Thieves" about 18th/19th century British settlers in Newfoundland and their encounters with the Beothuk Indians which I thoroughly enjoyed.

And the Catechism is lying on my playstation now - I leaf through it regularly.


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Prayerfully Yours: Creating the Bond between Man and His Maker
by A.J. Twerski

Our Bodies, Our Souls: A Jewish Perspective on Feminine Spirituality
by T. Heller

What the Angel Taught You: 7 keys to Life Fulfillment
by N. Weinberg

The Eye of a Needle: Aish HaTorah's Kiruv Primer
compiled by Y. Coopersmith

My Father, My King: Connecting with the Creator
by Z. Pliskin

Growth through Tehillim: Exploring Psalms for Life Transforming Thoughts
by Z. Pliskin

This Way Up: Torah Essays on Spiritual Growth
by T. Heller

Shemirath Sabbath: A Guide to the Practical Observance of Sabbath
by Y. Neuwirth

The Light Beyond: Adventures in Hassidic Thought
by A. Kaplan

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by R. King

The Tontine
by T. Costain

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by M. Haddon


I've been known to have my nose in two or three books simultaneously... but crikey! :shock:


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I've been known to have my nose in two or three books simultaneously... but crikey! :shock:


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Michael Francis wrote:
resourcement wrote:
If you are reading Essence and Existence... God Bless You! My Lord, that is a difficult read.

If you can digest it, even half way, you should feel proud!


Hello Justin it has been a while, you posted on the old board didn't you? Here is a list of the books used for Fr. Matthew's metaphysics class:

The Domain of Being: Ontology ------------------------------------- Bittle
Philosophy of Being -------------------------------------------------------Klubertanz
First Philosophy ----------------------------------------------------------- Kreyche
An Introduction to Metaphysics ------------------------------------------ Vaske
Perspectives on Reality --------------------------------------------------- Mann/Kreyche
A Modern Introduction to Metaphysics ---------------------------------- Drennen
An Introduction to the Science of Metaphysics ------------------------- Koren
An Elementary Christian Metaphysics ----------------------------------- Owen
The Philosophy of Being --------------------------------------------------- De Raeymaeker
Being and Becoming ------------------------------------------------------ Hawkins

By Maritain:

A Preface to Metaphysics
Essence and Existence
Introduction to Philosophy
Degrees of Knowledge

By Gilson:

God and Philosophy
Elements of Christian Philosophy

Fr. Matthew was very thorough and though they were not all required reading if you wanted to pass his course you had to at least review them. He was very "old-school" in his teaching method, The Scotists lost a good solid philosopher when Fr. Matthew died.


I wish I was taking that Metaphysics class! Where do you go to school?

Gilson is excellent, as with Maritain. "First Philosophy" is pretty good too.

Is that the required reading list, or are some of those suggested reading?

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A short History of Nearly Everything....by Bill Bryson...

It is a good book that is actually pro-science but ended up making me question many of the scientific assumptions I grew up with... I knew that politics and games played a role in what is presented from the scientific community, but I had no idea to what extent until I read this book... I have actually drifted towards a moral literal biblical acceptance since reading it... The most surprising thing to me was the reliance on BAD philosophy in many of our modern scientific assumptions...

I recommend it for the skeptic...

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In the last week I have finished Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Bean Trees, and House on Mango Street. I am currently reading The Secret Life of Bees. Next I will pick up The Chosen. Does it sound like I've lost my mind? I feel like I am certainly on my way But the explanation for all this garbage reading is simple yet frightening: I am working my way through the required reading at the local (Catholic) high school we are considering sending our dd to next year. YIKES!

When I am through wading through this garbage I'll be going back to Cry of Stone (O'Brien's Children of the Last Days) and Sophia House (same), Secrets of the Interior Life, and Story of a Family.


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i'm reading a charming old travel log of the Holy Land. as a fall asleep at 2am after taking care of my family. don't have much other time at the moment... Winter is the time to read up here.

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I wish I was taking that Metaphysics class! Where do you go to school?


I'm not currently in school, this was years ago back when I had been accepted as a candidate for the O.F.M. that serve the Custody of the Holy Land. The course was taught by Fr. Matthew DeBenedictis at the Franciscan Monastery in D.C., he also taught moral philosophy. Unfortunately Fr. Matthew is deceased and I don't know who teaches the philosophy courses there now.

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Gilson is excellent, as with Maritain. "First Philosophy" is pretty good too.


Probably was one of my mistakes, I didn't review any of the Gilson books nor did I review Kreyche. As you know some professors tend to think that their course is the only one you're taking or at least the most important one. There just were not enough hours in the day.

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Is that the required reading list, or are some of those suggested reading?


Primarily it was his bibliography but he suggested that we read and review them if we wanted to pass his course. Though I did pass, it was not with flying colors and it was obvious that I would never be a great philosopher but then abstract thought is not for everyone.

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"Islam in a Nutshell" by Amanda Rorabakc. I may also get "Isreal-Palestine in a Nutshell" when I'm done too. I'm studying Islam in both civilization and religion class right now so it will help I'm sure.

since I"m in classes I don't relaly read much but my text books or the bible or some Noveanas and thigns about the rosary.


I may get a Catholic bible (I have a NIV and King James) too not sure if I'll get Dougay Rheims or St. Ignitus or St. Joseph though (sorry about spelling from memory)

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Treasure In Clay--Fulton J. Sheen
Possessed:The True Story of an Exorcism--Thomas B. Allen
Liturgy and Personality: The Healing Power of Formal Prayer--Dietrich von Hildebrand
Mirror of Christ:Francis of Assisi--Isidore O'Brien, O.F.M.
The Twelve Apostles--Ronald Brownrigg
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The Gospel According to St. Matthew ( The Catholic Apologetics Study Bible).

John Muir (Wilderness Protector)

John Steinbeck (Bloom's Bio Critiques)

Under A Wing, by Reeve Lindbergh

Sitka, by Louis L'Amour

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