Category Archives: What Is This Beast Called Man

Mahler’s 9th

I was listening to Gustav Mahler’s 9th symphony while plowing through some of my class readings (he’s an odd choice for background music, I know, but it seemed to keep me more focused than I would have been). Mahler’s 9th … Continue reading

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Desire, sex, vocation

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for You As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, ‘and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an … Continue reading

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A modern paradox

Albert Camus’ essay, The Myth of Sisyphus wrestles with a kind of schizophrenia that emerged out of the Enlightenment. On the one hand, there is the human world of meaning, morality, etc. On the other hand,  the meaningless, mechanical world … Continue reading

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Nietzsche and the atheists

John Gray: There can be little doubt that Nietzsche is the most important figure in modern atheism, but you would never know it from reading the current crop of unbelievers, who rarely cite his arguments or even mention him. Today’s … Continue reading

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Identity crises

As I suggested earlier, I think this whole sexual identity debate thing has kinda run itself into the ground for me. To those of you who don’t spend as much time reading Christian/Catholic blogs and magazines as much as I … Continue reading

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A thought I had

I am skeptical of “orientation change” therapies, but I also dislike the vilification of them and the pushes to have them banned. I don’t like how the ex-gay crowd is viewed as a bunch of hypocritical freaks. Now, I recognize … Continue reading

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The limits of our moral sentiments

John Zmirak, in his review of Gimme Shelter, hits a bit of a personal note: I wanted to look away.  I wanted to “pause” this film and go order a Tanqueray and tonic. I had too much in common, I … Continue reading

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Are we too responsible?

Tristyn Bloom on one aspect of pro-abortion thought that is often neglected: We often hear that a problem with young people today is that we are irresponsible. We don’t have a sense of duty. We don’t have a sense of … Continue reading

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A contemporary Schopenhauer

A prominent jeweller claims to have figured out the key to existence: The academics could be forgiven for never having heard of Summa Metaphysica’s author. But, in fact, he was far from unknown: David Birnbaum is a prominent figure in … Continue reading

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Philosophical diversion

This post is semi-inspired by a brief discussion elsewhere. It was suggested that, given the controversial nature of ethical theories, it is more reasonable to view them as expressions (or ad hoc justifications, I suppose) of subjective preferences until we … Continue reading

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