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Frederick D. Aquino

Frederick D. Aquino

Professor, Abilene Christian University

Frederick D. Aquino is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the Graduate School of Theology, Abilene Christian University (ACU), and the director of the philosophy minor at ACU. His books include Communities of Informed Judgment (CUA, 2004), An Integrative Habit of Mind (NIU, 2012), Receptions of Newman (Oxford, 2015), co-edited with Benjamin J. King, The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology (Oxford, 2017), co-edited with William J. Abraham, and The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman (Oxford, 2018), co-edited with Benjamin J. King. His research interests include religious epistemology, spiritual perception, John Henry Newman, and Maximus the Confessor. He is currently working on a constructive account of spiritual perception and on the relevance of John Henry Newman for issues in contemporary epistemology.

Newman and Locke on the Epistemic Scope of Certitude
Newman and Locke on the Epistemic Scope of Certitude

In the scholarly literature, John Locke (1632–1704) features as a formative influence on Newman’s philosophical thought. What usually gets highlighted, for example in the Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent, are Newman’s criticism of Locke’s notion of degreed assent and his call for a broader and more nuanced account of the rationality of religious belief. However, some have argued that the Grammar largely focuses on the psychological conditions of religious belief.

Frederick D. Aquino
Logan P. Gage
Frederick D. Aquino & Logan P. Gage
April 27, 2022
14 min
Reading Newman Philosophically: An Integrative Exercise
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