Time

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 [...]

The Past-Present

By |2019-07-18T12:54:06-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, History, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John's College, Time, Tradition|

The past is, indeed, a place in which to take refuge when it is necessary to pull back, to contemplate life, and to mull things over. The present is the phase for brisk deliberation, decision, and action; for being in that sleepwalking state in which we do, more or less surefootedly, the one thing [...]

Immediacy: The Ways of Humanity

By |2019-03-11T23:39:09-06:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Humanities, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Time, Wisdom|

Opposition to greatness comes from the kind of irrational irritation that made the Athenians ostracize Aristides because they were tired of hearing him called "the Just," or from egalitarian resentment, or from fear of the demands things of quality make on us... I want to steal four minutes of my talking time to speak of [...]

Christopher Dawson and Time

By |2019-07-30T14:07:48-06:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Christopher Dawson Series by Bradley Birzer, History, Senior Contributors, Time|

Christopher Dawson believed that history, far from being cyclical, was instead a particular manifestation of God’s will, and thus was “moving towards a great consummation, the revelation of the power and glory of Yahweh through his servant Israel”… As noted in previous essays in this series, Christopher Dawson (1889-1970), one of the greatest of [...]

What, Then, Is Time?

By |2019-02-25T14:29:59-06:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Aristotle, Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, St. Augustine, St. John's College, Time|

When our dean asked me to lecture this September it was because I’ve just completed a book on time, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to talk about it. There seemed to be three possible kinds of profit that I figured might come to you and to me if I gave what one might [...]

Gratitude for Those Who Are Gone

By |2018-11-22T01:56:07-06:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Hope, Poetry, Thanksgiving, Time, Wisdom|

For all that we are often lost amid the loneliness, hostage to the gravity and grief that cause us to fall, there is always that sudden and unexpected upsurge of grace and glory to lift us high above the dark and sullen weight of so many dead and dying leaves... An old and valued friend, [...]

Liberal Education, the Wasting of Time, & Human Happiness

By |2018-11-16T21:34:48-06:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Leisure, Liberal Arts, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

Human beings are not simply producers; they are also lovers of beauty and contemplators of truth. They are wasters of time. The liberally educated person has a rich inner life that allows him or her to waste time well... As an undergraduate, I went for walks in rural Michigan. Sometimes alone, sometimes with others. Romantic [...]

Grammar, Speech, Rhetoric & the Fate of Humanity

By |2019-08-15T14:31:44-06:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Language, Philosophy, Time, Truth|

Could a fifty-year-old, small book on grammar, speech, and rhetoric by a nearly-forgotten thinker have the power to revolutionize and re-awaken our decadent intellectual life? Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973) might not recognize, in 2018, the America to which he came in 1933, seeking refuge from a Germany that had just elected [...]

The Soundminded Schizophrenic: Living in the Just-Nowness

By |2019-02-25T14:35:33-06:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Senior Contributors, St. John's College, Time|

Mr. Ropoulos and I were talking in the St. John’s College Coffee Shop, and the subject of modernity came up. So he asked me to write a few pages for his issue of the Gadfly [ed., the St. John’s student paper]. “Modernity” comes from Latin modo, “just-now.” Thus modernity is any generation’s own time; it [...]

Aliens, Elephants, and Angels

By |2019-06-25T17:07:18-06:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Time|

Some time ago while wasting time I came across a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox, and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given the vast amount of [...]

The Best Moments of Human Life

By |2019-07-10T23:21:36-06:00September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Family, George Stanciu, Philosophy, Time, Timeless Essays|

We find joy when we lose the self in activity, in those good things that are outside ourselves: making art, doing science, playing sports, educating the young, or caring for the old and disabled. Joy is nature’s way of telling us that we are fulfilling our nature… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series [...]