2014-06-18 10.27.19

Me at Aristotle’s Lyceum in Athens, Greece.

Hi! I’m Daniel Vecchio.  I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation on May 9, 2016.  My research was on Aristotle’s modal syllogistic, and it’s applications in metaphysics and the philosophy of science.  While my primary research is on Aristotle, logic, and metaphysics, I have a passion for the philosophy of religion, Thomas Aquinas, and the Catholic faith.  Much of my blog is dedicated towards working out my faith reasonably, though I do throw up some topics that are more strictly related to Aristotle and logic, from time to time.

For more information on the courses I have taught and my CV, please visit my profile on Academia, or my profile on Vitae.  I’ve also filled out that survey on philpapers.org, so you can check out my responses there, if you are interested.

Note: This blog does not purport to express the views of any institutions or organizations with which the author is affiliated.

  1. What books on Ethics would you recommend be read by someone embarking on an Ethics MA in 2 weeks time? Obviously I’ve done tons of reading already but looking for some must haves that will equip as a Christian in the areas of normative and practical ethics.

    • Hey “itsahoneybadger”,

      Congratulations on the new program! We need people in ethics who are engaged from a Christian perspective. Ethics is not my specialization, so you may already be familiar with my recommendations. Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue is certainly a must read. I also think Bernard Williams’ critiques of consequentialism and treatment of moral luck are important to know. If you are interested in Natural Law, Lisska’s Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction comes to mind.

      Finally, and more generally, I recommend that you read Plantinga’s Advice to Christian Philosophers (http://philosophy.nd.edu/people/all/profiles/plantinga-alvin/documents/Advice.pdf). I think Plantinga is essentially correct in his what he says. Christian philosophers must operate with integrity, courage, and independence. We don’t have to spend all of our time refuting the world-views of our peers, or trying to figure out how to synthesize our Christian world-view with those antithetical positions that currently dominate the academy. We should be engaged, but confident to start from our own framework–our own foundations. This is especially true in ethics, I think.

      Best of luck as you start your program! And let us know how its going from time to time over here at Vexing Questions.



  2. Great info

  3. Hi Daniel,

    I’m friends with your cousin Nicole and after I told her I had a blog on wordpress she told me you do too and mentioned you are working on your doctorate. She told me you were into philosophy and religion. I teach in the Religious Studies department at a private university in Austin.
    Look forward to exploring much more of what you have here; good luck with your studies.

    Josh Bertetta

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