Darwinian Larry likes my comparison of him and Sheldon Cooper. Larry continues to have a rather traditional Southern Baptist view—“I’ll fly away”—of heaven. Still, his questions are serious. If you scroll through his most serious website, he considers the possibility that there’s something sociopathological in Strauss’ view that the philosopher doesn’t possess or take seriously deep down moral virtue. And he’s pretty sure that Heidegger was a sociopath. That there’s something wrong with the claim that the philosopher is liberated from personal concerns, in my opinion, is more a Christian than a Darwinian criticism.
Ray Bradbury was also a Christian who was all about the Great Books.
Two teaching “issues”: What’s a not obviously conservative book written in the last few years of sufficient weight to be used in a contemporary political thought class? What’s an introductory book on presidential elections etc. for background for an intro American government class?
Who else has the heretical thought that Scott Walker’s victory was not so impressive given how many Wisconsin voters simply thought that he didn’t do anything bad enough to justify a kind of quasi-impeachment?