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"Referee won't blow the whistle / God is good but will he listen?" -- U2
- "If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- "And the missionaries, they tell us we will be left behind. / Been left behind a thousand times, a thousand times." -- Arcade Fire
Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
Wittgenstein on Kierkegaard
"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
Read Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality, and Philosophical Method by Charles L. Creegan free online.
Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
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- whodunit: Dictionary.com Word of the Day June 30, 2015whodunit: a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal.
- whodunit: Dictionary.com Word of the Day June 30, 2015
- Poem of the Day: [I want to be near you] June 30, 2015I want to be near you | via nearness generally | an app "chance" rather than "skill" | determining the tax obligations of the feathers as | one falls into the pixel | on the white water | interlude. A grid is applied to the | field which dissolves into | the screen harmlessly beneath a summer storm. Brace. The silence that precedes an ape […]Oli Hazzard
- Poem of the Day: [I want to be near you] June 30, 2015
- Doubled Mirrors By Kenneth Rexroth June 30, 2015By Kenneth Rexroth
- Doubled Mirrors By Kenneth Rexroth June 30, 2015
- Heidegger's Aesthetics June 27, 2015[Revised entry by Iain Thomson on June 26, 2015. Changes to: Bibliography, notes.html] Heidegger is against the modern tradition of philosophical "aesthetics" because he is for the true "work of art" which, he argues, the aesthetic approach to art eclipses. Heidegger's critique of aesthetics and his advocacy of art thus form a comple […]Iain Thomson
- Non-Deductive Methods in Mathematics June 26, 2015[Revised entry by Alan Baker on June 26, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] As it stands, there is no single, well-defined philosophical subfield devoted to the study of non-deductive methods in mathematics. As the term is being used here, it incorporates a cluster of different philosophical positions, approaches, and research programs whose common m […]Alan Baker
- William of Ockham June 26, 2015[Revised entry by Paul Vincent Spade and Claude Panaccio on June 25, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] William of Ockham (c. 1287 - 1347) is, along with Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus, among the most prominent figures in the history of philosophy during the High Middle Ages. He is probably best known today for his espousal of metaph […]Paul Vincent Spade and Claude Panaccio
- Heidegger's Aesthetics June 27, 2015
- Political Constructivism June 30, 2015Political Constructivism Political Constructivism is a method for producing and defending principles of justice and legitimacy. It is most closely associated with John Rawls’ technique of subjecting our deliberations about justice to certain hypothetical constraints. Rawls argued that if all of us reason in the light of these conditions we could arrive at th […]
- Ethics of Economic Sanctions June 26, 2015The Ethics of Economic Sanctions Economic sanctions involve the politically motivated withdrawal of customary trade or financial relations from a state, organisation or individual. They may be imposed by the United Nations, regional governmental organisations such as the European Union, or by states acting alone. Although economic sanctions have long been a […]
- Presocratics June 19, 2015Presocratics Presocratic philosophers are the Western thinkers preceding Socrates (c. 469-c. 399 B.C.E.) but including some thinkers who were roughly contemporary with Socrates, such as Protagoras (c. 490-c. 420 B.C.E.). The application of the term “philosophy” to the Presocratics is somewhat anachronistic, but is certainly different from how many people cur […]
- Political Constructivism June 30, 2015
- Did Parkinson's Disease Influence Hitler? June 30, 2015A new paper from a group of American neurologists makes the case that Hitler suffered from Parkinson's disease for much of his life, and that some of his most fateful decisions were influenced by the neurological disorder. The article is by Raghav Gupta and colleagues and it appears in World Neurosurgery - a journal with an interesting political history […]
- Pharma Make The Most of A Negative Result June 28, 2015A misleading piece of statistical rhetoric has appeared in a paper about an experimental antidepressant treatment. The study is published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. JAD is a respectable mid-ranked psychiatry journal - yet on this occasion they seem to have dropped the ball badly. The study examined whether the drug armodafinil (Nuvigil) improved […]
- Did Parkinson's Disease Influence Hitler? June 30, 2015
- Evolution, Atonement, and the Redemption of All Creation (Part 2)Once we view animals as having in some sense moral agency, then theories of atonement need to be widened and stretched to include creaturely ills.
- Evolution, Atonement, and the Redemption of All Creation (Part 1)The point is that the ‘Fall’ reaches backward into the evolutionary history of the world, as well as pointing forward as a shadow on human history.
- Evolution, Atonement, and the Redemption of All Creation (Part 2)
- Back to the Future: A Prehistory of the New Utopianism June 23, 2015 Anthony Galluzzo
- Famous last words June 21, 2015 William Flesch
- What Happened to White Privilege June 10, 2015 David Shih
Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
- Interesting argument for the government recognizing same-sex marriage
- How can you know if a Buddhist amulet has been blessed? The Buddhist amulet market crashes in Thailand
- London Postcard: 'People living in darkness have seen a great light'
- Christianity's tension between ideas & practices; Ken Myers & James K.A. Smith talk it out
- Four Ways to Celebrate Reformation Day
- Chastisement for grief, and grieving through Christina Rossetti's poems
- 'The Cultivation of Christmas Trees' by T.S. Eliot
- 'Take every thought captive' -- to something, anything
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The Anguished QuestionIf you really enquire about God, not with mere curiosity, not, as it were, like a spiritual stamp collector, but as an anxious seeker, distressed in heart, anguished by the possibility that God might not exist and hence all life be vanity and one great madness -- if you ask in such a mood as the man who asks the doctor, "Tell me, will my wife live or will she die?"-- if you ask thus about God, then you know already that God exists; the anguished question bears witness that you know. -- Emil Brunner, "Our Faith"