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Pedagogical Observations

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There are so many reasons why not getting a Ph.D. in English is great advice.  My impression, though, is that “the market” in English (literature etc.) isn’t as bad as it is philosophy.  C.J. points to the reason:  There are fewer and fewer required courses the . . . . Continue Reading »

Contemporary Political Philosophy

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So here’s my weekly breakdown of readings for CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT, which begins next week.  Thanks to Flagg Taylor for giving me a one-book resource (THE GREAT LIE—what a perfect collection!) on ideology and totalitarianism, which, in fact, I have never taught . . . . Continue Reading »

Tocqueville on Our Civilizing Churches

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Here I defend the autonomy of our religious institutions against traditionalist establishmentarians.  My Tocquevillian observations include with a brief comment on the film Philomena.  If you read the book on which the film is based, you can see that the facts damn Irish clericalism well . . . . Continue Reading »