A Philosophy for Our Age: Historicist Humanism

By |2020-06-30T17:01:00-05:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Books, Irving Babbitt, Philosophy, Politics|

Historicist humanism has been largely ignored in the American intellectual consciousness. But for those individuals who realize the depth of our national crisis, who sense the emptiness of mainstream culture, and who lament that society is fracturing for lack of common identity and purpose, historicist humanism has much to offer. The Historical Mind: Humanistic [...]

On Conversations, Poisonous Mushrooms, & Taking Ourselves too Seriously

By |2020-06-22T16:41:41-05:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Intelligence, Modernity, Natural Law, Philosophy, Reason, Truth|

The natural laws that the academics and intellectuals have for centuries been trying to think and feel out of existence, the laws undergirding all of reality, do not kowtow to the thoughts and actions of mere human beings. They continue to inform reality and will overwhelm anyone who does not bow to them, as [...]

Patrick Deneen and the Conservative Understanding of Time

By |2020-06-18T15:18:39-05:00June 18th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Liberalism, Philosophy, Progressivism, Time|

Political philosophers have always understood that there was a close relationship between conceptions of time and politics. Modern, and now postmodern politics, are no different. Patrick Deneen has recently argued that modern ideologies are defined first and foremost by their relationship to time. Introduction “The time is out of joint. O cursèd spite, / [...]

By Razor or Fire: Should the Church “Baptize” Stoicism?

By |2020-06-06T19:30:06-05:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Philosophy, Rome, Stoicism|

O think me worth thine anger, punish me, Burn off my rusts, and my deformity, Restore thine image, so much, by thy grace, That thou mayst know me, and I’ll turn my face. –John Donne, from “Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward” What is the Christian to do when faced with secular thought that speaks [...]

Rediscovering the Necessity and Wonder of Space Travel

By |2020-05-27T16:57:28-05:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Aristotle, Coronavirus, Culture, Philosophy, Space|

Across our nation, people have been asked to self-quarantine, and guiding these efforts are the parameters defining which businesses are “essential.” Many of these guidelines are as expected, but included among them are “space and aerospace” industries—an odd inclusion by many standards. But I find that the space and aerospace industries are essential to [...]

Turning the Whole Soul: The Moral Journey of the Philosophic Nature in Plato’s “Republic”

By |2020-05-22T00:02:14-05:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Andrew Seeley, Culture, Education, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates|

According to Socrates, to save Philosophy, to save young souls destined for greatness, to save human society itself, the true, philosophic nature must be freed from the corruptive influences that have formed him and receive the best education. The soul must be turned around. I forgot that we were playing and spoke rather intensely. [...]

Glaucon’s Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato’s “Republic”

By |2020-05-14T18:09:03-05:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: Books, Character, Culture, History, Myth, Philosophy, Plato, Socrates|

Glaucon’s story is part of a well-known political tragedy that swept up many of Plato’s friends and fellow citizens, including Socrates. The evidence for his personal tragedy, however, is deeply embedded in the text. Like a three-dimensional image hidden within a two-dimensional picture, it requires a special adjustment of the eyes to perceive. Perhaps [...]

On Descartes, Fear, and the Whys of Our Cultural Woes

By |2020-05-12T01:10:30-05:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Culture, Modernity, Philosophy, Reason|

Living in isolation flattens days, homogenizes them. Gone are the trains, the colleagues, the students. Gone the friends, the flights, the lectures. Gone the plans, the urgency, the team. I am no longer flummoxed by the mere thought of Descartes’s mad flight. So here I am back at my desk. It is another day, [...]

A Christian Critique of Secular Progressivism

By |2020-05-08T18:26:03-05:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Culture, History, Philosophy, Progressivism, Religion, Time|

The end of history concept—the belief that there will be an endpoint to social, intellectual, and political progress—is a powerful idea that pervades modern-day secular thought. The spread of gay rights, the rise of universal government-run health insurance, and environmental awareness has hubristically led “progressive” secularists to describe a coming “Age of Enlightenment” when [...]

A Restless Tocqueville

By |2020-04-15T12:15:29-05:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, Books, Bruce Frohnen, Liberalism, Peter A. Lawler, Philosophy, Politics|

Alexis de Tocqueville distanced himself from the liberal view that men by nature spontaneously would form lives of blissful contentment, were they not “corrupted” by political society. Nonetheless, at the heart of this liberal Tocqueville lies the “restless mind”—a mind that sees the essence of humanity in the realization that each of us “dies [...]