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Archived Since:February 15, 2009

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Stickin' it to the Man

Check out this Harley-Davidson promotional video. A celebration of individuality by people who dress the same, ride the same make of motorcycle, and chant in unison. "Some of us believe in the Man Upstairs, but all of us believe in....

Seduction and Rebuff

This world seduces us with its goods, but then rebuffs us with its evils, as if to say, I am good and beautiful but only because of my source in Goodness and Beauty. So love me, not for myself, idolatrously,...

Gorsuch Confirmed and Trump Voters Vindicated

Argumentum SCOTUS vindicatus est! William J. Bennett had it right back in August: Too many of our rights, liberties, and securities already hang by a one-vote thread. A Clinton Supreme Court would surely do away with them. It is a.....

Saturday Night at the Oldies: 'Foolish' Songs

April Fool's Weekend found me in a fool's paradise, LaLaLand. So I'm seven days late and several dollars short, but here for your auditory amusement are some tunes in celebration or bemoanment of human folly the chief instance of which...

Dolce far Niente

It is sweet to do nothing, but only if if the inactivity comes like the caesura in a line of poetry or the punctuation in a sentence of prose or the rest in a piece of music. Inactivity extended stultifies....

Top Dog

Being crown of creation, man's wolf is man himself................ Is the above sentence grammatical? If it isn't, then it shows that from time to time grammaticality is justifiably sacrificed on the altar of aphoristic elegance. Related articles Peter Kreeft...

Nature, Signs, and Religious Experience

Reader P. J. offers us for delectation and analysis the following quotation from Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God: [Brother Lawrence] was eighteen at the time, and still in the world. He told me that it had...

Fragment of an Open Letter to Edmund Husserl on His Birthday

Edmund Husserl was born on this date in 1859. Philosophy was the mission of my life. I had to philosophize otherwise I could not live in this world. (Here) Dear Husserl, It may be that the truth we need cannot...

Of Veils and Visibility

I glance for a brief moment at a trio of women, two facially unveiled, the third thinly veiled. The face of the veiled one attracts my attention. The visibility of her face is helped, not hindered, by its being veiled....

Dream and Reality

Suppose I become aware of something while dreaming. Does the fact that I am dreaming invalidate the content of my awareness? Or are there cases in which I become veridically aware that p even while and despite dreaming? In bed...

What is the Alt-Left?

Victor Davis Hanson nails down some important points. I add a bit of commentary in blue. But first a question. Do we really need the designator 'Alt-Left'? Isn't the referent of this term pretty much indistinguishable from the contemporary Left?...

Travel

Travel can be good when it is a flight from the familiar that breaks the complacency of the daily round to expose the insecurity ever present but hidden by the quotidian.

Civil War is Upon Us

Two articles by Daniel Greenfield. Read this one first, then the sequel.

Nicholas Kristoff on the Origin of Trump Derangement Syndrome

In the piss-poor pages of the Rag of Record's op-ed section, for today's date, I found this: "...Trump's craziness is proving infectious, making Democrats crazy with rage that actually impedes a progressive agenda." It is true that the...

Again on Divine Simplicity and God's Knowledge of Contingent Truths

This entry continues yesterday's discussion. The question was: How can an ontologically simple God know contingent truths? Here again is yesterday's aporetic tetrad: 1. God is simple: there is nothing intrinsic to God that is distinct from God. 2. God...

Divine Simplicity: Is God Identical to His Thoughts?

Theophilus inquires, I've been researching the doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS) recently and I've had a hard time figuring something out. On DDS, is it the case that God is identical with his thoughts? Surely on the view (as you....

On the Misuse of 'Theology'

This is an addendum to my post, On the Misuse of Religious Language. In the left-wing rag of record, the NYT, we find: “When you buy gold you’re saying nothing is going to work and everything is going to stay...

A Realist Walks into a Bar . . .

... looking glum. Bartender: "What's the matter, pal?" Realist: "My nominalist girl friend says we have nothing in common!"

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