Beach, John D.
Necessitas quae est ex materia
Beach’s dissertation considers the “role played by the material principles of things in the economy of nature.” It treats of materialism and, in contrast to its understanding of matter, turns to defend a hylomorphic view of the subordinate and instrumental role of the material cause, while indicating ways in which material necessity has supremacy as a cause within a limited scope.
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John D. Beach (1923–2013), graduated from Ohio University in 1948 before studying under De Koninck. After his doctoral studies, Beach taught philosophy at various universities, including St. Anselm’s College, Lewis College, De Paul University, LaSalle College, Villanova, and Marquette.
Beach’s work on analogy is mentioned and briefly discussed by Joshua P. Hochschild in The Semantics of Analogy: Rereading Cajetan’s De Nominum Analogia.
Apart from his academic publications, Beach also authored “Morality and Nuclear Weapons,” for Crisis Magazine (May 1, 1983).
“St. Thomas and the Future of Metaphysics: The Aquinas Lecture, 1957 by Joseph Owens, C. Ss.R., M. S. D.” The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review 21, no. 2 (1958): 215–20. https://doi.org/10.1353/tho.1958.0019.
Introduction to Logic. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1970.
“A Rejoinder to Armand A. Maurer’s Review of The Thomism of Etienne Gilson. A Critical Study by John M. Quinn.” The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review 38, no. 1 (1974): 187–91. https://doi.org/10.1353/tho.1974.0015.
— Reprinted in Exploring the World of Human Practice: Readings in and about the Philosophy of Aurel Kolnai, edited by Zoltán Balázs and Francis Dunlop, 167–76. Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2004.)