The Past

By |2017-06-13T09:32:20-05:00June 15th, 2016|Categories: Death, Poetry, Time|

Thou unrelenting Past! Strong are the barriers round thy dark domain, And fetters, sure and fast, Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign. Far in thy realm withdrawn Old empires sit in sullenness and gloom, And glorious ages gone Lie deep within the shadow of thy womb. […]

Where, Then, Is Time?

By |2018-11-21T08:39:02-06:00January 19th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Imagination, Moral Imagination, St. Augustine, St. John's College, Time|

Let me first explain my odd-sounding title. It is a variation on the most famous question-and-answer about time ever posed. It comes from the eleventh book of Augustine’s Confessions, published about 400 C.E.: This is his question: “What, then, is time?” And this is his preliminary answer: “If nobody asks me, I know; if [...]

Understanding Hegel’s Theory on Time

By |2018-12-21T14:56:24-06:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Liberal Learning, Literature, Nature, Order, St. John's College, Time|

This note is written in memory of David Lachterman, who was an alumnus—using the term in its fullest significance—of St. John's College, Class of 1965, when I was a young tutor. He was in my classes only in his junior year: in a preceptorial entitled "The Fragments of Parmenides and Heraclitus," and in the mathematics [...]

The Past-Present

By |2019-06-14T16:51:01-05:00August 25th, 2015|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, History, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Time, Tradition|

Tonight I want to state, and even to overstate, what I believe to be a truth about the Program of St. John’s College. What makes the truth worth considering is that it goes against the plain appearances and against what people, quite understandably, say about us. I want to state this truth especially for [...]

Immediacy: The Ways of Humanity

By |2018-11-21T08:39:14-06:00November 1st, 2014|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Humanities, Jacob Klein, St. John's College, Time, Wisdom|

I want to steal four minutes of my talking time to speak of the role that the Santa Fe campus has played in my life. I remember vividly the atmosphere around its founding in the years before 1964, but only confusedly the arguments pro and con—though among the latter one worry was predominant: Were [...]

An Imaginative Conservative’s Guide to Time Travel

By |2018-12-08T14:13:13-06:00December 5th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Fiction, Stephen Masty, Technology, Time|

Tinkering in your cellar to build a time machine, as many of our readers claim to do, you’ll eventually require an operator’s manual. Much frustration can be avoided by reading a clever short story that is in many ways opposite to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, often as fun and [...]

Chronos & the Pickpocket: Is Time Being Stolen?

By |2016-04-25T22:42:17-05:00November 5th, 2013|Categories: Culture, History, Stephen Masty, Time, Tradition|

Photo from the Daily MailQueen Victoria with Heirs Britain’s recent royal christening brings us two fascinating family photographs: one of Queen Victoria and another of her great-great-granddaughter, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, each accompanied by three future British kings. They may tell us something surprising about Time, Technology and Western Culture. The [...]

Time and Timelessness: A Novel About John the Apostle

By |2016-04-30T12:56:20-05:00September 15th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Fiction, Robert Cheeks, Time|

John: A Novel, by Niall Williams Irish writer Niall Williams has written a novel that bridges the literary gap between time and the timeless. His latest work, John: A Novel, is a stunning revelation that “God is both ‘enclosed’ within the mystical soul, and he is the ‘enclosure’ that the mystic enters spiritually.” “The question [...]

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