Cunningham, Robert L.

1951

The Aristotelian Notion of Nature

Cunningham’s dissertation treats of the genesis of the understanding of Aristotle’s definition of nature. It considers Aristotle’s use of words, the basis in internal experience for the definition of nature, and, lastly, the signification of the word “nature.”

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Robert L. Cunningham (1926–2019), spent the majority of his career at the University of San Francisco (from 1955–1991; a contribution to the USF Foghorn can be found here). Before that, he taught at Xavier University, Lone Mountain College, and St. Mary’s College. He interests lay in practical logic, bioethics, and politics.

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“Logic: The Art of Defining and Reasoning  (Review).” New Scholasticism 27, no. 3 (1953): 351–54. https://doi.org/10.5840/newscholas195327343.


“The Division and Methods of the Sciences: St. Thomas Aquinas’ Commentary on Questions V and VI of the De Trinitate of Boethius (Review).” New Scholasticism 30, no. 1 (1956): 106–7. https://doi.org/10.5840/newscholas195630110.


“Inductive Ascent the Same as Inductive Descent?” Mind 72, no. 288 (1963): 598. https://doi.org/10.1093/mind/LXXII.288.598.


“How to Defend Ethical Absolutism.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 37 (1963): 71–81. https://doi.org/10.5840/acpaproc19633715.


“Morality and Control of the Mind.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 38 (1964): 201–8. https://doi.org/10.5840/acpaproc19643810.


“Modern Ethical Theories.” New Scholasticism 39, no. 2 (1965): 249–52. https://doi.org/10.5840/newscholas196539240.


“The Direction of Contemporary Ethics.” New Scholasticism 39, no. 3 (1965): 330–48. https://doi.org/10.5840/newscholas196539315.


“Commentary on ‘Methods of Ethical Inquiry.’” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 41 (1967): 169–72. https://doi.org/10.5840/acpaproc19674122.


“Authority and Morals.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 43 (1969): 155–64. https://doi.org/10.5840/acpaproc19694316.


Situationism and the New Morality. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1970.


“Justice: Efficiency or Fairness?” The Personalist 52, no. 2 (1971): 253–81. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0114.1971.tb08925.x.


“The Nature of Philosophical Inquiry Ed. by Joseph Bobik.” The Thomist: A Speculative Quarterly Review 35, no. 1 (1971): 186–88. https://doi.org/10.1353/tho.1971.0083.


“Political Philosophy and Human Nature (Comments on Eugene Miller’s Address).” The Personalist 53, no. 3 (1972): 222–26. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0114.1972.tb05887.x.


As Editor: Liberty and the Rule of Law. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1979.

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