Big Tent

My own attempt to define the conservatism I believe in - the antithesis of much of the current Bush-Cheney-Palin GOP - is in my book, " The Conservative Soul ." If you’re interested in a more abstract and academic account of the philosophical roots of my take on post-modern . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodern Conservatism and Religion, Part II

In reponse to excellent questions and insights regarding my previous post, I’ve decided to offer a sequel. While Jim is certainly right that the whole of the Enlightenment can’t be reduced to its anti-religious premises, and there are surely important thinkers who don’t fit . . . . Continue Reading »

Postmodern Conservatism and Religion

Much of the early modern project of mass Enlightenment was based on the dogmatic rejection of religious belief as the benighted detritus of pre-scientific consciousness. Similarly, even those who offered foundational critiques of Enlightenment principles during what Philipe Beneton and Chantal . . . . Continue Reading »

Would a Just God allow for the Existence of Will Wilkinson?

Over at the Confabulum, Conor Friedersdorf reminds us to remind ourselves of how lucky we are. While I’m always up for some meta-gratitude, I was more immediately reminded of Daniel Larison’s brilliant post from a while back about theodicy and "the pornography of compassion": . . . . Continue Reading »

Twitter Killed Woody Allen

The man himself in New York magazine : NY: Do you have a theory about why the culture keeps getting coarser? WA: The country has, over the years, moved to the right. And it’s possible that accompanying that move to the right, you also get a lessening of taste. But I don’t know if what . . . . Continue Reading »

1968:Scarcity and Decade Analysis

I’ve already promoted Dan Mahoney’s excellent analysis of the socio-political import of 1968, especially from the perspective of France. Our own Peter Lawler provides his original critical commentary here cautioning us that as seminal as ‘68 was, a fuller picture of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Ricoeur?

Commenter Paulie wants to know. Well, there’s no denying that postmodern theory is intimately intertangled with the "hermeneutic of suspicion." Ricoeur helped us level against Habermasian liberal thinkers the complaint that ideologies could become so clever that what appeared to be . . . . Continue Reading »

Conservatives don’t fear a world without meaning?

Given what she just wrote , I’m hoping Helen can hit this one out of the park. Over at LadyBlog, Bonnie Lindblom quotes a professor at Northwestern University saying the following: "Conservatives worry about societal collapse, liberals worry about a world without deep feelings and . . . . Continue Reading »