Wednesday, March 29, 2017

David Braine (1940 – 2017)

Philosopher David Braine has died.  A very moving obituary by Alan Fimister has appeared at the Catholic Herald.  Braine was a longtime contributor to the analytical Thomist movement, and the author of many important articles and books.  The latter include The Reality of Time and the Existence of God (reviewed by W. Norris Clarke here), The Human Person: Animal and Spirit, and Language and Human Understanding (discussed by Peter Leithart here and reviewed by Nathaniel Goldberg here).
Wikipedia has a useful list of Braine’s published articles.  Braine’s reflections on Pope John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio can be found here.  University of Aberdeen web page here.  R.I.P.


  1. Braine's work is often excellent, although -- as the Catholic Herald article notes, sometimes a bit challenging to follow. I've summarized one of his more important articles, "The Nature of Knowledge," in which he argues for a broadly Aristotelian approach to epistemology, here.

  2. "The Human Person: Animal and Spirit" was important to me at a crucial time in my thinking. I wish I had written to him to let him know. Rest in peace.

    1. While I'm thinking about it: Edward, your writing, speaking, and fellowship have been most wonderful. Thank you, and may God bless you and your family.

    2. Yes, thanks Dr. Feser. You're the best!