Essays

Essay Archive

Below are essays for your consideration. The views expressed therein are mine alone; I would take them with a grain of salt, as I am not immune to cringe.

2023-12-12

Academic | Theology | Ethics
2023, no. 2 (1-15).

Academic | Theology | Ethics
2023, no. 2 (1-15).

Notes:

In three chunks, I aim to present a foundational summary of the human moral life’s domains, in hopes of encouraging a thoroughly intentional earthly existence oriented towards the perfection of one’s natural and supernatural virtues. We start with an overview of the process of moral reasoning, discuss where morality emerges in human activity, and finish with a focus on Christian morality in specific. Adapted from (you guessed it) a class exercise.

Intro:

To begin a discussion on moral reasoning, the tangible, dynamic crux of our moral lives, we might do well to briefly distinguish it from moral science, wherein we consider the essence of morality itself, rather than the application of moral principles towards activity through the exercise of prudence. The first distinction we might make, then, is that moral science regards only speculative truth, while moral reasoning, taking these truths into account, ultimately applies them to individual circumstances in an evidently practical manner, terminating in an act if brought to fruition. We have, in moral reasoning, a process by which we take general moral knowledge and introduce individuating circumstances, through successive judgments by the intellect and corresponding acts of the will; these two will come together completely in the final execution of an action which has through this process become entirely personal…

2023-10-22

Academic | Theology | Ethics
2023, no. 1 (1-14).

Academic | Theology | Ethics
2023, no. 1 (1-14).

Notes:

Much like the class which inspired its creation, this essay aims at an encounter with moral theology at the broadest level, chiseling out its place in the overall schema of moral and theological considerations. In writing along these lines, I come to briefly discuss the nature of the human soul, the moral actor’s confrontation with dogma, and, of course, the doctrine of grace.

Intro:

Let’s start by considering moral philosophy in particular, the primary subject of which Wallace defines as “man himself, acting voluntarily and deliberately, for an end intended by and consonant with his rational nature.” This definition reveals a key point: in its investigations, moral philosophy is restricted to that knowledge which reason can discern; as it strives to apprehend the notion of man’s perfection, natural moral philosophy is restricted to the domain of human action as-informed-by reason. At its zenith, moral philosophy is able to demonstrate the existence of God, as St. Thomas demonstrated through his famous five ways, using reason alone; Gardeil stresses that this represents the very edge of natural human capacity, where we discover “an infinite that surpasses it.” Thus, we must reach beyond what truth reason alone can offer to grasp the infinite depth of our supernatural vocation: this is theology’s domain…

Practical | Management
2018, no. 2 (1-11).

Notes:

Adapted from a class exercise, this essay explores a hypothetical future circumstance where I may hire employees and ultimately guide the development of a workplace culture. Having experienced the plastic enthusiasm of American retail, I attempt to lay out a model which allows adequate room for organic workplace culture to develop while also implementing a novel synthesis of two well-documented communication strategies for effective conflict resolution.

Intro:

Because the managerial roles I’m likely to play for the foreseeable future will center around my studio business and directing research in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience, the majority of difficult personalities I anticipate mediating will likely either be causing tension in interpersonal workplace connections or may simply not be satisfying the standards at which they are expected to perform. I’ve traditionally approached confronting a subordinate through addressing several components I see as key to establishing a healthy, sustainable and productive Workplace Ethos…

2018-03-17

Suicide as we know it: A Rudimentary yet Circumspect Exploration

Academic | Psychology
2018, no. 1 (1-7).

Academic | Psychology
2018, no. 1 (1-7).

Notes:

This will just be a formatting test; I won’t be making this entry public. 

Abstract:

Nope.