I've been working on an argument about the necessity of theological reasoning for political philosophy. Read the following in The Beauty of the Infinite. It strikes a chord. I'm keen to try to articulate this section of my thesis as an appeal to a particular political philosophy for self-knowledge and home-coming. Wouldn't it be beautiful… Continue reading Prodigal Theology
PAUL RICOEUR: "You know, the diﬀerent ages of life meet with diﬀerent kinds of happiness and unhappiness, as well as with, how should I say, different traps. The two traps of old age are sadness and boredom. Sadness? “It is so sad that one must leave all this, that one must prepare to go .… Continue reading The Philosopher at 90
Defence of the Defence (2 sentences) 1. Not the 'approximate', although it is worthy in its way. It is an attribute of God to be proximate to all and thus (a)proximate to human understanding. There are pleasant idle hours to spend in contemplation of the alpha privative. (Particularly one as odd as the 'a' in… Continue reading In defence of the proximate.
The spatiality of created beings is not an accident. Much of the attention given to the explaining spatiality in our philosophical tradition has focussed on the necessity of space. Space is 'necessary' in the sense I was talking about last post: we find it impossible to think of objects in the world without thinking or… Continue reading The Purpose Driven Space
What happens if you answer the question? There is an interesting little dynamic created within the classroom: Everybody knows that the teacher already knows the answer, and the answer that the teacher knows is the right answer. The question (as question) is thereby subverted, transformed from an expression of relational dependence (asking for help) into… Continue reading The Socratic Method, Part 2
Of the many, many things Socrates fathered in Western Society, none more directly messes with my day than the Socratic Method. You know when you're in the presence of the Socratic Method when a teacher or lecturer adopts the "I'm a little tea-pot" pose (one hand bent so that dorsal side of wrist makes contact… Continue reading The Socratic Method, Part 1