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Book Review: The Blackwell Companion To Philosophy

The Blackwell Companion To Philosophy edited by Nicholas Bunnin and E.P. Tsui-James Reading this book of nearly 900 pages is a monumental chore, but it is one that is capable of granting the reader considerable insight into the state of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Just The Arguments

Just The Arguments:  100 Of The Most Important Arguments In Western Philosophy, edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone This is not quite as good a book as the authors think it is.  That is not say it is a … Continue reading

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Future Negative Nostalgia

One of the most fascinating asymmetries that exists in the lives of human beings is the asymmetry between looking forward and looking back. As imperfect as our memories are, whether speaking individually or collectively, they are nonetheless far better than … Continue reading

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On The Relationship Between Epistemology And Authority

Some time ago I wrote a post that dealt with the epistemological issues of scripture that came about when a sermon speaker explicitly mentioned the subject of epistemology in his message [1]. Yesterday, though, at services, the two messages both … Continue reading

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On Predator And Prey Instincts

We had a sermonette yesterday given by one of the deacons in our congregation, and it dealt with a subject that I have long pondered in one form or another. There are essentially three types of instincts that one can … Continue reading

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Serving The Song

Recently I was watching some videos on noted session musicians and a drummer making a video commented that the most important element in a given band was the song.  Each of the instruments involved is supposed to serve the song, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Closing Of The Muslim Mind

The Closing Of The Muslim Mind:  How Intellectual Suicide Created The Modern Islamist Crisis, by Robert R. Reilly This book is a fascinating one, and it deals with the subject matter of why it is that the Muslim world fell … Continue reading

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Ignem In Urbe Video

What is it that cities offer to humanity?  The term civilization itself is connected to the cities from which civilization is thought to have sprung.  It is widely believed that for culture to develop there must be enough people all … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thomism: The Philosophy Of Thomas Aquinas

Thomism:  The Philosophy Of Thomas Aquinas, by Etienne Gilson, translated by Lawrence K. Shook and Armand Maurer By and large, I think this book gives the reader a fair understanding of Thomism and its views on a wide variety of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Philosophy Of Thomas Aquinas: Introductory Readings

The Philosophy Of Thomas Aquinas:  Introductory Readings, edited by Christopher Martin Thomas Aquinas is the sort of thinker it is easier to know about than it is to know, and there are a variety of reasons for that.  For one, … Continue reading

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