Sunday, January 31, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Koons on time and relative actuality
Rob Koons has reactivated his AnalyticThomist blog, which you must check out if you are interested in metaphysics done in a way that brings analytic philosophy and Thomism into conversation. Rob was also recently interviewed on the What We Can’t Not Talk About podcast on the topic of Aristotle and modern science. That topic is the focus of his recent work, and he has been especially interested in how Aristotelians ought to approach quantum mechanics and the nature of time.
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Narrative thinking and conspiracy theories
“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you” is one of the most famous lines from Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. I propose a corollary: Just because they’re after you doesn’t mean you’re not paranoid.
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Friday, January 15, 2021
McGinn on the question of being
Philosophical Provocations: 55 Short Essays is made to be dipped into when one is in the mood for something substantive but not too heavy going. And it is accurately titled, since on reading it I was indeed provoked – specifically, by the article on “The Question of Being.”
McGinn characterizes the issue as:
the question [of] …what it is for something to have being. What does existence itself consist in – what is its nature? When something exists, what exactly is true of it? What kind of condition is existence? How does an existent thing differ from a nonexistent thing? (p. 211)
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Friday, January 8, 2021
The Gnostic heresy’s political successors
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Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Lawlessness begets lawlessness
lawlessness and sedition, I am appalled and horrified by what happened today in Washington, D.C. It is indefensible and inexcusable, and the rioters and vandals ought to be prosecuted. But then, the rioting and vandalism that occurred in Washington last summer – and in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and other major cities – was also appalling, horrifying, indefensible, and inexcusable, and its instigators should have been prosecuted. Yet some of the people who are now talking tough about law and order were then blathering on about “mostly peaceful protests,” “defunding the police,” and other such lunacy. We are reaping what they sowed. If you are going to tolerate and excuse left-wing political violence, you are opening the door to right-wing political violence. But if you rightly condemn the latter, then to be consistent, you must condemn the former. You must insist that all citizens respect law and order – your political allies no less than your political enemies.
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