Category Archives: What Is This Beast Called Man

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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Fides and Self

I read Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei for a class. Well, the rough draft was mostly authored by Benedict XVI (the name-dropping of Wittgenstein, Nietzsche and Buber are certainly signs of his academic style), completing his series on the three … Continue reading

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Hey, wait…

My blog title would actually make more sense if it were Res Studii et Ludi. That somehow has escaped my notice for almost two years. There goes my vaunted skill with Latin. I suppose by this point tradition allows for … Continue reading

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QotD: The grass is always greener, etc. edition

Henri Nouwen: Many marriages are ruined because neither partner was able to fulfill the often hidden hope that the other would take his or her loneliness away. And many celibates live with the naive dream that in the intimacy of … Continue reading

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Moral imagination

Earlier today someone was talking to me about an article he read in a newspaper, which was making a claim along the lines that the gradual increase of intellectual awareness over time was leading to an increase of moral awareness. … Continue reading

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Loneliness

“O stand, stand at the window As the tears scald and start; You shall love your crooked neighbour With your crooked heart.” – W.H. Auden I’ve been reading a fair amount of Auden lately, and this particular verse stuck out. … Continue reading

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“there is actually no such thing as atheism”

David Foster Wallace: This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship. Because here’s something … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge Day 25: Y is for You gotta believe/think

Eve Tushnet has a somewhat scattershot but interesting essay up on AmCon about the emphasis we place on critical thinking: We teach students to find the undefended premises of an argument, or the contradictions in a claim. This is really … Continue reading

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge day 22: V is for Via Dolorosa

I’ve noticed that a lot of my posts on Christianity tend to focus on things like suffering and alienation. Some of this is that my personality has a melancholic and sometimes even morbid streak in it. And, of course, a … Continue reading

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge day 10: J is for Josh continues to ramble

So this is the fourth in what is now a series of posts wherein I’ve tried to give a bit of a sketch of why I have certain philosophical/religious views. In particular, I made note of a paradox wherein the … Continue reading

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