Time for the Theological Virtues

By |2021-01-19T11:38:06-06:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Time|

The desire to know the future is so human, but if we consistently knew the future with calculable certainty, this would lead to damaging behavior, darkness, and dehumanization. What, then, are we to do with this human desire to see what is to come? Wanting to know the future is a natural human desire. We [...]

Timelessness and “Times Square”

By |2020-11-05T15:42:30-06:00November 8th, 2020|Categories: Books, Fiction, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors, Time|

“Times Square and Other Stories” by William Baer, a man and writer who is truly alive in the presence of the past, is storytelling at its best, both compelling and contemplative. Those who take up this volume will be changed for the better by the reading of it. Times Square and Other Stories, by William [...]

Late and Soon

By |2020-10-10T17:04:07-05:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Leisure, Nature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

The pervasive “world” is a man-made complex of ambitions and obligations, a dense social and cultural and financial web that captures us and estranges our experience from the primal realities of earth and sky. We need to remind ourselves of the blessedness that can come even in the midst of the busiest days, that subtle [...]

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Renewable World

By |2020-07-23T16:12:08-05:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: History, Modernity, Nature, Philosophy, Science, Time|

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work on historical liberalism and energetic conservatism suggests that the modern self must only divest himself of the “dry bones” of history in order to tap into the pure primordial “powers” of nature and so renew the world. Yet, is it not our collective heritage, both the good and the bad, that [...]

Do We Learn From History?

By |2021-05-12T18:49:17-05:00July 14th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, Conservatism, History, Philosophy, Time|

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This line will most likely sound familiar to every reader. It has been paraphrased countless times and is visible most notably in my mind as the quotation on the wall of one of the ghetto buildings in Auschwitz. Few know that the phrase was [...]

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, / That [...]

The Double Edge of Nostalgia: Alice Thomas Ellis’s “A Welsh Childhood”

By |2020-06-17T10:45:24-05:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Books, Culture, David Deavel, Literature, Senior Contributors, Time|

We have an obligation, it seems, not only to long for the recovery of the unspeakable loveliness that has come and gone when time will be no more, but to recognize it when it is passing and to speak of it to ourselves and others. In Alice Thomas Ellis’s “A Welsh Childhood,” we see nostalgia [...]

Time and Our Present Whirligig

By |2020-06-02T01:41:34-05:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Culture, Literature, Ray Bradbury, Senior Contributors, Time|

What makes time so wonderful is that it humbles us as well as inspires us. And if we simply recognized each person on social media as a complete human being born into a specific place and a specific time, we might be able to get past so much of what we erroneously label as discourse. [...]

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 Americans [...]

Motion, Moments, & Sculptural Art: The Imagination and Time

By |2020-03-28T18:25:26-05:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Imagination, Philosophy, Religion, Theology, Time|

The imagination allows the human experience to be of both motion and stability, both becoming and being—but could it be that contained in our experience of time is an experience of divine nature? In his Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius writes that “the infinite motion of temporal things tries to imitate the ever present immobility of [...]

Where, Then, Is Time?

By |2020-05-23T12:02:26-05:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Imagination, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Moral Imagination, Philosophy, St. Augustine, St. John's College, Time|

If it is the case that time never makes its appearance out in the world but only motion is in evidence, then either time is not or it is in the only other venue of which I can think, inside our soul. Let me first explain my odd-sounding title. It is a variation on the [...]

Understanding Hegel’s Theory on Time

By |2019-11-05T00:36:59-06:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Nature, Order, Philosophy, St. John's College, Time|

Time, it will turn out, is a kind of intuiting, indeed the matrix of all intuiting, but it is not therefore to be intuited, that is, looked at, rather than thought out. The moving pictures that Hegel himself suggests to illustrate the emerging determinations of thought are only concessions to our ordinarily representational minds. This [...]

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