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Written on Feb, 12, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the InstaPundit.com blog, writes: For academics playing word games, this is fun. For gangs of ‘woke’ students — or Times employees, who have managed to ‘cancel’ a series of the paper’s top writers recently — it can produce a feeling of enormous power and self-importance. …

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Written on Feb, 01, 2021 by in | Leave a comment

Patriotism, that is love of country, is for Christians an obligation that flows from our love of neighbor. Such love, like all loves, must be chaste not promiscuous. Chaste love doesn’t overlook shortcoming in the beloved. But neither does it make even the most serious moral failures the sum total of the beloved. In the service of fostering a chaste …

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Written on Oct, 07, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

…they must also be morally good themselves. Virtue is no guarantee that a political leader undertake effective, prudent and just public policies. The variable are often so complex that even the virtuous and knowledgeable politician may find him or herself only guess as to the best course of action. The difficulties inherent in both doing good and being good, however, …

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Written on Sep, 25, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Aristotle’s theory was a little more nuanced.  He’s aware of art’s ability to influence, but he argues that it’s not depiction that is of chief importance, but portrayal.  I’m oversimplifying a bit here, but basically the artist can depict good people or things or bad people or things, and can portray them as good or bad, or leading to good or bad …

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Written on Sep, 24, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Jason Breen at 200-Proof Liberals (Racism and Sexual Assault: Why Don’t Universities Choose to Shut Down?) writes that If we learned that 31.6% of students at Smiling Faces Daycare Center were sexually assaulted while there, we wouldn’t insist they hire a few more feminist scholar daycare workers or do more sexual assault programming. We would insist that the institution be …

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Written on Sep, 02, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

You might have some imperfect obligation to speak out against some issue. (It can’t be a perfect obligation, can it? Does anyone think you are literally obligated to speak out for or against some issue at all times you’re awake?) Even if so, it doesn’t follow that other people have permission to make you speak out on demand. For instance, even if …

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Written on Sep, 02, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Writing at The Ludwig von Mises Center (Why we are Where we are – Part One) Duncan Whitmore observes that … it is all too easy for us to overlook the brevity of our current epoch that is distinguished by economic, intellectual, cultural and scientific advances that are far in excess of anything that has been seen before. Those who …

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Written on Aug, 25, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Imaginative Conservative has a good article on the philosophical underpinnings of our current situation (The Stunning Triumph of Thomas Hobbes in the COVID Crisis) Let me preface what you’re about to read by saying that I have since the pandemic began continued to serve Liturgy, hear confessions, and bring people Holy Communion. While I’ve taken basic precautions (mask, hand washing, …

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Written on Aug, 24, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

Follow the science, follow the data, can’t simply be limited to the findings of epidemiology. This listening not only to economists, political scientists and other social scientists but also philosophers and theologians especially those who specialize in morality and public policy. Following the science also means understanding, as the article below points out, the correlation between political orientation and risk …

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Written on Aug, 15, 2020 by in | Leave a comment

The technocratic and managerial is perhaps the only unquestioned problem-solving common idiom we have, and in it we experience the world as put in order by us and therefore manipulable. In morality we experience the world as binding desire and announcing an order to which we must be conformed. This order is not as a factual given like “we only …

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