The following works will be consulted for my Epistemology project in PHL 620: Epistemology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary on “Realist Premises for a Realist Conclusion.”  The project will explore the history of attempts to come to a realist worldview using the premises of the critical method, and the failures to do so.

Gallagher, Kenneth T. The Philosophy of Knowledge. New York: Sheen and Ward, 1964. This work provides general background and historical information on the topic of epistemology and the various positions under which it has been viewed.

Gilson, Etienne. Methodical Realism: A Handbook for Beginning Realists. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2011. This work lays out in a clear way what it speaks of in the title. After several essays on the difficulties encountered by Thomists in their dealings with modern and contemporary epistemology, it lays out an outline, almost of meditations, on which one can build a strong foundation for a realist view of knowledge and of the real world.

Gilson, Etienne. Thomistic Realism and the Critique of Knowledge. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1986. In this work, Gilson analyzes several attempts of realist philosophers to show the truth of the realist position while engaging the adherents of the critical method at their own level; he shows why this ultimately must fail.

Gilson, Etienne. The Unity of Philosophical Experience. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1999. This work shows, by historical survey, the unity of the project of attempts at human knowledge. It shows how in each case that turns away from realism, realism is again sought, for it is at minimum the default position of the human intellect.

Wallace, William A. The Elements of Philosophy: A Compendium for Philosophers and Theologians. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1977. This work provides a general but densely packed overview of the discipline of Epistemology from a Thomistic Realist perspective, as well as being a useful reference for related fields, especially metaphysics and the history of philosophy.


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