Ralph McInerny (1929-2010)

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Ralph McInernyOne of the marks of a virtuous character, according to Aristotle, is the performance of virtuous acts with ease and delight. On that basis, as well as others, Ralph McInerny was a remarkably virtuous man. One of Ralph’s most beautiful books is entitled The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain: A Spiritual Life, the premise of which is that “we can find in the person of Jacques Maritain a model of the intellectual life in the pursuit of sanctity.” Those words certainly apply to Ralph… . . Continue Reading »

The Ditchkins Delusion

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Terry Eagleton’s Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate is an engaging, witty, and largely successful critique of the new atheists, especially Christopher Hitchens (author of God is Not Great ) and Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion ), whose delusional . . . . Continue Reading »

A Place in the Cosmos

From the February 2009 Print Edition

The Writings of Charles De Koninck, Volume 1 edited by Ralph McInerny University of Notre Dame Press, 496 pages, $50 Founder of the Laval school of Thomism, a school known for highlighting the importance of Aristotle for the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Charles De Koninck (1906-1965) is perhaps the . . . . Continue Reading »

Mind Games

From the January 2009 Print Edition

Work on Oneself: ­Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Psychology by Fergus Kerr Institute for the Psychological Sciences Press, 119 pages, $19.95 As he lay dying, awaiting a last visit from friends, Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life.” It was . . . . Continue Reading »

Annihilating Nihilism

From the December 2008 Print Edition

God and the Between by William Desmond Wiley-Blackwell, 368 pages, $44.95 Running through William Desmond’s latest book”the third in a series of philosophical reflections from the Irish philosopher”is a Nietzschean preoccupation with nihilism. Nietzsche, who called nihilism the . . . . Continue Reading »

Brideshead Revisited

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“Happiness in this life is irrelevant,” Lady Marchmain (as played by Emma Thompson) tells the unbeliever Charles Ryder (played by Matthew Goode from Match Point ) in the recently released film version of Evelyn Waugh’s celebrated novel, Brideshead Revisited . “The only thing that . . . . Continue Reading »