Alone for Others

From the April 1996 Print Edition

Rarely, in our times, do social and political theorists praise solitude. Again and again such thoughtful writers as Alasdair MacIntyre and Robert Bellah tell us that moral rectitude, fundamental truthfulness, and all of the other virtues and skills that make us human depend upon society: upon our . . . . Continue Reading »

At the End of Pragmatism

From the October 1995 Print Edition

The Promise of Pragmatism: Modernism and the Crisis of Knowledge and Authority. By John Patrick Diggins. University of Chicago Press. 515 pages, $29.95 . Christianity is essentially a contemplative faith. The ultimate purpose of life is to know God, and beyond this end there is no other end. Action . . . . Continue Reading »