Category Archives: Philosophy

MacIntyre, Godot, And The Benedict Option

VLADIMIR: You have a message from Mr. Godot. BOY: Yes Sir. VLADIMIR: He won’t come this evening. BOY: No Sir. VLADIMIR: But he’ll come tomorrow. BOY: Yes Sir. VLADIMIR: Without fail. BOY: Yes Sir. (silence) — Samuel Becket, “Waiting For Godot” (1953) This is my problem with the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis And The Absurd

Albert Camus has always fascinated me as a philosopher, more so now that the conflict between Islam and the West has brought the Algerian conflict of the 1960s in such a vivid light with rediscoveries of films as The Battle of Algiers (1966) … Continue reading

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Around The World In 10 Minutes

Andrei Rublev — which if you haven’t seen the film, you ought to. One of the most things your humble writer faces from time to time is that there’s so much quality stuff out there: arts, culture, politics, and books. … Continue reading

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Abstraction in Design and Speech

Jason Kottke’s blog has always been a great read.  Never boring, always focused on content, and rarely do you get an uninteresting post.  It’s truly what the blogosphere used to be in the mid-naughties (and perhaps an era we will … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo and the Politics of Blasphemy

After all, the best defense against bad speech isn’t good speech. It’s free speech. Continue reading

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An Ontology of Marriage

Over the past decade, the arguments against homosexuals’ desire to have their unions be sanctioned as marriage by the state have revolved principally around defining marriage based on Scriptural premises. And while some proponents of homosexuality have gone to extreme … Continue reading

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On Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis is not a pope for those used to the styles of Pope John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI, nor will Francis be the pope many progressives were desperately hoping for in some sort of unfaithful adaptation of Pope John XXIII. Instead, Pope Francis is proving to be very much in keeping with his namesakes — St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis Xavier. Continue reading

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Anne Applebaum and Sovietization

Now isn’t this a telling observation: Sovietization was never simply about political institutions or social structures. Young communist cadres absorbed from their teachers the thinking of a new civilization, where anything not under the party’s control was suspicious, probably hostile. … Continue reading

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The American Conservative: Allan Bloom and the Neocons

Patrick Deneen writes about “the philosopher despot” Allan Bloom: While I continue to learn much from Bloom, over the years I have arrived at three main judgments about the book’s relevance, its prescience, and its failings. First, Bloom was right … Continue reading

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TNR: An Obituary for Ba’athism?

Great piece from The New Republic on the last dying gasps of Ba’athism in the wake of the Arab Spring: Baathism, then, the original idea from 1943, was an anti-colonial and pan-Arabist doctrine, not unwilling to ally with the Axis. … Continue reading

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