Philosophy Lives

From the January 2011 Print Edition

Philosophy, Étienne Gilson observed, “always buries its undertakers.” “Philosophy,” according to Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, in their new book The Grand Design, “is dead.” It has “not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics, [and] scientists have . . . . Continue Reading »

Visions of Mary

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I am not sure what my own first vision of Mary was, but from an early age I was aware of two images: one a literal picture, the other an imagined scene; and both remain with me half a century later. The picture was a gilded reproduction of an icon, the original of which is displayed in Rome in the Church of Saint Alfonsus Liguiri … Continue Reading »

Dueling Dualism

From the November 2008 Print Edition

Body“Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George Cambridge University Press, 222 pages, $80 Like it or not, the dominant mode of philosophical reflection in the English-speaking world is Anglo-American analytical philosophy. Although this is sometimes . . . . Continue Reading »

What Philosophy Can Do

From the November 2005 Print Edition

Until not so very long ago, many truly great minds devoted themselves to natural theology. In more recent times, however, the subject has receded as the Western world has come under the influence of styles of thinking, which, though varied, have in common a presumption that for now I will simply . . . . Continue Reading »