Christopher Morrissey

About Christopher Morrissey

Christopher S. Morrissey teaches Greek and Latin on the Faculty of Philosophy at the Seminary of Christ the King located at the Benedictine monastery of Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia. He also lectures in logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University. He is a Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute and a Member of the Inklings Institute of Canada. He studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of British Columbia and has taught classical mythology, history, and ancient languages at Simon Fraser University, where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on René Girard. His book of Hesiod’s poetry, Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days, is published by Talonbooks.

The High Tory Tradition: An Alternative Future for America?

By |2017-01-20T23:02:56-06:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Democracy, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Government, Political Philosophy|

The current generation may always consider itself to be the wisest of all, but High Tory politics strives to avoid the perennial folly of this prejudice... “The next wave of American ‘conservatism’ is not likely to base its appeal on such unsuccessful slogans as the Constitution and free enterprise. Its leader will not be a [...]

The Plato Doctrine & the Essence of a “National Security Strategy”

By |2017-01-09T01:14:55-06:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Barack Obama, Christopher Morrissey, Donald Trump, Featured, Foreign Affairs, National Security, Plato, Politics|

As grand strategy evolves in America’s ongoing democratic political process, the essence of the Plato Doctrine will be preserved in any new formulation of a national security doctrine, because such is the nature of human political life… I have argued that there is no Platonic teaching of a “noble lie,” but rather of “some [...]

Why Donald Trump Should Listen to Plato on Foreign Policy

By |2017-01-05T10:15:54-06:00November 26th, 2016|Categories: Donald Trump, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Plato|

Great nations need organizing principles, and the forthright articulation of a Trump Doctrine will define the future of U.S. foreign policy—if Plato’s advice about the people’s consent is followed… Looking ahead to what will be the most defining feature of the Trump administration, Pat Buchanan has noted that it is “Time for a Trump [...]

The Truth about Plato’s “Noble Lie”

By |2019-10-03T15:44:15-05:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Philosophy, Plato, Politics|

The phrase “noble lie” does not even occur in the text of Plato’s Republic. So how have scholars come to misunderstand what Plato means in his discussion of the city’s need for a doctrine to guide its politics? What did Plato actually teach in the Republic about the so-called “noble lie?” For convenience, I shall refer [...]

Re-Programming Ourselves to Be Mindful

By |2019-07-18T12:11:36-05:00November 4th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Science, Technology|

“The world exists to end in a book” — Stéphane Mallarmé “Happy is your Grace, That can translate the stubbornness of fortune Into so quiet and so sweet a style.” —Shakespeare, As You Like It (II.i.19-21) “Prayer is reversed thunder.” —George Herbert In Chapter 6 of Understanding Media (1964), “Media as Translators,” Marshall McLuhan [...]

Stranger Things Have Happened: The Civil War among Media Forms

By |2016-11-23T20:19:57-06:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Information Age, Science, Technology|

“There’s Nothing Like a Best Seller to Set Hollywood a-Tingle” —The New York Times Book Review (Sep 16, 1962) “I’d willingly start my next novel—about a small town—right now, but I need the diversion of a play.” —John O’Hara, The New York Times Book Review (Nov 27, 1955) “For most of our lifetime civil [...]

Learning Wisdom in the Midst of Reversals

By |2016-12-14T14:47:07-06:00August 31st, 2016|Categories: Books, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Philosophy, Technology, Wisdom|

The West shall shake the East awake While ye have the night for morn. — James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake 企者不立;跨者不行; 自見者不明;自是者不彰; 自伐者無功;自矜者不長。 其在道也,曰:餘食贅行。 物或惡之,故有道者不處。 — Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching, Chapter 24 […]

The Social Message of Social Media

By |2018-10-29T16:35:34-05:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Philosophy, Roger Scruton, Technology, Virgil|

In the first chapter of Understanding Media (1964), called “The Medium is the Message,” Marshall McLuhan begins the book by explaining his most famous aphorism. Over time, the proposition has acquired the status of a cliché, such that its original meaning and intent can become obscured. But as W. Terrence Gordon, the editor of the [...]

The New Cold War: Keeping Globalization Safe for Hot Media

By |2016-10-13T13:45:39-05:00August 10th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Language, Science, Senior Contributors|

Modern technological innovation has made globalization possible. And globalization’s new social reality is unparalleled in history. Accordingly, it presents politics with new challenges. But it also presents politics with unprecedented technological power to deal with these new challenges. However, the power of these technologies is ambiguous, since they can create two types of experiences: [...]

Has the Digital Age Eclipsed the Television Age?

By |2016-08-02T22:07:50-05:00August 1st, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Modernity, Politics, Technology, Television|

In order to explain surprising political phenomena like Donald Trump and Brexit, we have to look at the unprecedented impact of new technologies on our total environment. Douglas Rushkoff, the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, has entertained the thesis that the television age, which brought people together, is over. He opines [...]

The Minor Incident that Sparked the Peloponnesian War

By |2019-09-12T13:30:23-05:00July 14th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, History, Senior Contributors, Thucydides, War|

The Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC) was actually the second war fought between Athens and Sparta in the fifth century. Why did hostilities break out into the open again? The reflections of the Greek general and historian Thucydides on this question in his History of the Peloponnesian War constitute one of the greatest books of all [...]

Did Social Media Dumb Down Brexit?

By |2016-07-07T22:41:14-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, England, Europe, Politics, Senior Contributors|

If Marshall McLuhan were around today to comment on the results of Britain’s referendum about whether to “Remain” or to “Leave” the European Union, no doubt he would offer comments that would be surprising and puzzling. Nevertheless, it is the unexpected quality of McLuhan’s probing remarks (he himself liked to designate his aphorisms with [...]