Chojnowski, Peter
19 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Dr. Peter E. Chojnowski has an undergraduate degree from Christendom College in Political Science and another in Philosophy from Christendom College. He also received his Master's degree and doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He has taught in several Jesuit and Christian Bothers colleges and universities and is currently teaching at Immaculate Conception Academy, Post Falls, Idaho. Dr. Peter Chojnowski is a prolific philosopher/educator whose works are widely published.


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Articles

Pankalia: The Catholic Vision of Beauty

How different is our contemporary pathetic conception of the beautiful from the unfathomable richness of the above statement of St. Thomas Aquinas, "There is nothing that does not participate in the beautiful."

Date posted: 2002-12-22

John Dewey: Philosopher of the American Mental Deconstruction

To refute and, ultimately, counter-act the American Naturalism of John Dewey, we must deny and challenge his first principles, his arbitrary exclusions, his distortive portrayal of our philosophical tradition, and, finally, we must take seriously our own Catholic intellectual heritage so that the very process of education, dislodged and maligned by the likes of Dewey, will not be forgotten but will continue to cultivate the young minds which cry to their Creator, and subsequently to us, for their "rational milk."

Date posted: 2002-12-19

Antiquated Modernists

St. Pius X, in his encyclical 'Pascendi Dominici Gregis', speaks of Modernism as "the synthesis of all heresies." Since we live in times when the heresy of Modernism and its theological progeny dominate the Catholic intellectual landscape, it is profitable to consider this error from many different vantage points. The vantage point that I shall take in this article is the following: Is Modernism truly modern?

Date posted: 2002-11-30

Born to be Dumb: Why Liberalism Would Have Us Ignorant

Let us learn and teach what is true. Let us challenge the officially mandated ignorance with every word and action of our lives. In this way, we will regain our own footing in the real and entice all men to stand with us.

Date posted: 2002-10-19

Descartes’ Dream: From Method to Madness

Descartes interpreted the vivid dreams that he had on the night of the Vigil of the Feast of St. Martin as a sign from God Himself. From that moment on, Descartes would believe that he had a divine mandate to establish an all-encompassing science of human wisdom.

Date posted: 2002-09-04

Nice Guys/Angry Men: The Power of Wrath

The problem with man living in a society which has "tolerance" as its governing motif, is that it has no place within it for the legitimate and natural passion of anger. The reason is because anger is precisely the passion of the soul which is intolerant. It is the very expression of man’s intolerance of the repulsive; the repulsive which taunts the good.

Date posted: 2002-08-28

Abortion: The Consuming Soul and the Soul Consumed

Whereas the Classical Christian understanding of the soul's proper relationship to the world grounded the legal and moral prohibition of abortion, it is the secularist view of the soul which provides the justification for the utterly unprecedented claim that one human being has the "right" to terminate an innocent human being's life.

Date posted: 2002-07-28

A Sense of Honor

It is the moral due, that debt between persons which cannot be strictly quantified, which concerns us on account of its fundamental role in the social and interpersonal structuring of any real community. Its neglect, the fact that we as moral agents and social beings no longer "see" the non-legal -debt" we owe to others, is a sign of the complete dissolution of a structured social order which is not merely based upon the exigencies of capitalistic commercial requirements.

Date posted: 2002-05-18

The Craftsman of Souls

There a divine connaturality which man can share in and which enables him to think, feel, and act with God, but not as God; and it is this type of thinking, feeling, and acting precisely which the Christian life is all about.


Date posted: 2002-04-15

A Distributism How To

Building on the macroeconomic theories of the Distributists, Dr. Chojnowski proposes specific strategies that could be applied to the current situation of the average traditional Catholic family.

Date posted: 2002-03-11

Distributism

Distributism was a movement that grew out of a critique and distrust of Captialism that was widespread in the early part of the 20th Century. These criticisms -- notably, that Capitalism re-establishes a 'Servile State' -- remain valid. But in contrast to Socialism (in all it's varied forms) Distrubutism offers a "third way" in which people, organized into Guilds (similar to the traditional Guilds of Catholic Europe) retain individual ownership of their own "tools of production" while yet being bound to a moral code.

Date posted: 2002-02-02

The New Demonology

Chojnowski examines the modern American Liberal dillution of the concept of evil into that which is personally limiting and contrasts this with the traditional view of moral evil as a metaphysical failure to affirm and embody what is good and real.

Date posted: 2002-01-25

Humor and the Thomistic Mind

"...underneath all of the sufferings and tears of existence, there is an infinite reservoir of joy and happiness, which can only be located by the divining rod of supernatural hope. Wit is the drill which plunges deep into the soil of sadness, in order to bring refreshment to his fellows who stand with him on solid ground. The wit without hope pierces the earth haphazardly, normally in vain. The faithful wit, after hope has located the site, plunges deep with his thoughts and words through the seemingly endless layers of the earthly, breaking through to the eternal springs which gush forth barely muddied happiness. The true wit has understood that beneath it all, there is only happiness. "


Date posted: 2002-01-23

Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism: Part I

Beginning with Amintore Fanfani's seminal Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism, Chojnowski examines the nature of Capitalist ideology, and shows how it is at odds with traditional Church teachings.

Date posted: 2002-01-19

Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism, Part II

In part II, Chojnowski examines the historical responsibility of Catholicism for the rise of capitalism and considers what the Catholic response to Capitalism should be.


Date posted: 2002-01-18

The Virtue of Justice and Its Limitations

"How can we know that [an] act is contrary to an act of justice, when we cannot even define what 'justice' is? This problem of definition...also existed in the dying days of ... ancient Athens. There, in the fifth century and early fourth century B.C., the philosophers Socrates and Plato confronted an intellectual situation similar to our own. In their case, it was the intellectuals referred to as the Sophists who were undermining the fabric of traditional Greek moral life. They did this by throwing into question the universality of such traditional virtues as justice, temperance, and fortitude."

Date posted: 2002-01-15

The Claims of Conscience and the End of the Liberal Era

"Have we adopted, unwittingly, the attitude generated by liberalism's foundational concept, that of the 'autonomy of man.' Do we analyze our own times and attempt to predict the course of events with, what I will call, the 'religious liberty mentality?' Why the 'religious liberty mentality?' Since the belief that all men have a natural right to adopt and practice any 'religion' they man gravitate towards, and that the free exercise of that 'right' is the most essential element of the person's' self-constitution,' assumes that the ultimate goals in human life are capable of being arbitrarily chosen. This mentality, also, assumes that one may personally designate the consequences which are to follow upon one's subjective choice of a 'religion."


Date posted: 2002-01-10

Humility and the Great–Souled Man

What is clear concerning St. Thomas Aquinas' teaching on the virtue of humility is that it is both a necessary virtue for salvation, along with being an inclusive perfection. With true humility, the soul virtually possesses all of the perfections necessary for salvation.

Date posted: 2001-12-31

The Joy of Saint Thomas

If there is one thing which seems, in the popular mind at least, to distinguish our own contemporary generation from the generations of the past, it is an ambiance of exuberance and almost childlike "playfulness" which surrounds the image we have of ourselves…In contrast to past generations, weighted down as they were by onerous social conventions and subtle moral distinctions, our own generation has been "unchained."

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