Dr. Seuss, Big-Box Lockean

From First Thoughts

Apropos of the perennial Locke-run-amok conversation, consider Noah Berlatsky’s piece at the main site : the American spirit galumphs and galerks through every one of the Doctor’s works. Like his fellow citizens, Seuss is boisterous, hearty, optimistic, profligate in invention, and not . . . . Continue Reading »

Violence, Politics, Peace

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Without kicking open too big a can of worms, consider this line from Andrew , brought to my attention by John : McCain is a warrior; Ron Paul is a conservative of non-violence. At some deep philosophical level, this is the dividing line between Oakeshott and Strauss, as well. I’m no follower . . . . Continue Reading »

Stuck-with-Virtue Conservatism

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The debate below between Pat Deneen and Peter Berkowitz is interesting and perhaps exceedingly relevant, given the coming "regime change."  I’m going to open my course for seniors with it. I agree that Peter distorts virtue by understanding it primarily as useful for . . . . Continue Reading »

Burke, Theologically Speaking

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In reference to Will’s particularity-and-truth thread, Helen offers some reflections on Burke that lend themselves so well to speaking theologically that, well, here we go. My familiarity with Burke nowadays is a lot narrower, if deeper, than it was a decade ago, but I can’t really . . . . Continue Reading »

Immanent, Meet Transcendent

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Very interestingly, over at Text Patterns Alan Jacobs evokes the depth of interdependence between the experience of material conditions and the experience of the imagination. This of course is different from the interdependence of truth and particularity but also similar. . . . . Continue Reading »

Samuel Huntington and Culture

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“Those who distinguish civil from theological intolerance are, to my mind, mistaken. The two forms are inseparable. It is impossible to live at peace withthose whom we regard as damned; to love them would be to hate God who punishes them: we positively must either reclaim or torment . . . . Continue Reading »

Open Thread on Truth and Particularity

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We seem to have picked up both our fair share of intelligent, articulate, reasoned commenters and our fair share of trolls here at PoMoCon. I’m interested in getting the takes of all of our readers on the following two passages, both from Frederiek Depoortere’s Christ in Postmodern . . . . Continue Reading »

Family Business

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?Last year, Richard Skinner and I published an article in a small British journal on the role of families in American national politics. With Caroline Kennedy’s recent “campaign” for the senate seat in New York, we thought this article would be of interest to some of the readers . . . . Continue Reading »