For Aristotle, place or topos is not the abstract, absolute points expressed by a Cartesian grid extendingout into infinity. Rather place is that which holds and contains; it has a sense of rightness and belonging which every being innately knows. The proper place for the heavy is down (or in the center) as all earthy … Continue reading No Place Like Home: Aristotle and Topos
We study the world that we may understand Scripture, and Scripture teaches us to truly read the world. Is this a conflict of principle or a vicious circle? No, it is the ordinary course of human learning elevated to a glorious pitch. God is pleased to use the things of His creation as a tutor unto … Continue reading On Christian Doctrine: The Rule of Scripture and Knowledge of the Profane
Is man fundamentally a contemplative being or one whose fulfillment is found in work? Perhaps the answer lies in how we understand the term ‘work’. A long standing argument in Christian and philosophic circles grapples with anthropology, the goodness of work, and the nature of happiness in general. In some sense, this issue touches even … Continue reading Work or Rest?
A Reflection from a Class at Holy Apostles College and Seminary Why can’t there be a private language, according to Wittgenstein? What is the significance of the discussion? Language is a social phenomena which we learn and confirm socially. To show we understand a statement is to respond accordingly in a form of language or … Continue reading Wittgenstein on Private Language
Kierkegaard’s reaction seems to correspond not only to what is happening in the Danish church, but in the overall attitude symptomatic of Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment. This period of history might be characterized as the era of the ‘fact’–the era where human reason stands over and at a distance from the objects it studies. … Continue reading Kierkegaard in the Age of Fact
The liberal view of the state is that law is a necessary evil. There are several assumptions built into this belief. a. Freedom is wholly subjective b. Our happiness is to be individual and self-determined c. the state itself is perhaps a necessary evil Hegel rejects each of these assumptions. Freedom is the outworking of … Continue reading Hegel’s Rejection of Liberalism: A Comment from a Class at HACS