A critique of “Plato was right: Earth is made, on average, of cubes”

The de facto “philosopher-kings” [1] of today have succeeded in damning Plato with faint praise. The publication explains: Science has steadily moved beyond Plato’s conjectures, looking instead to the atom as the building block of the universe. Yet Plato seems to have been onto something, researchers have found. [2] But to regard this finding as…

On communities, hierarchy, and Go(o)d

Each one has its “principality” or “archangel,” so to speak, and we can tell by its frowning countenance when we have violated an ethical norm. And what pleases the Eagle may displease the Serpent, as it were, and be perceived as neutral by the Dove. We can imagine Alaska has an “archangel” as well, and…

On The Book of Job (2)

I have divided this exploration into two parts. Below is the second part. The first part is available here. I have previously considered The Book of Job in a lecture that is available here. At the end of Part I, I set forth the theory that The Book of Job may be read as a…

On The Book of Job (1)

I have divided this exploration into two parts. Below is the first part which introduces the themes of repentance and theodicy. Part II will treat the concept of conversion more thoroughly. I have previously considered The Book of Job in a lecture that is available here. The story of Job is at once ancient and…

On the eucharist of symbolism

Biologists use the term “expiation” to refer to the appropriation of an organ or structure that was designed for one function to serve a new function. Suppose that reading is an expiation of symbolic consciousness. We know what it is to read: we see signs and read meaning. We complete our sight with insight. Put…

Correspondences: On love

Dear M., I appreciated the argument …very much—present perhaps not explicitly but as an undertone—that the realization of love drives human evolution as its telos or final cause. I think it was Novalis who wrote that “Love is the ‘Amen’ of the universe.” The question of an evolution of consciousness or an evolution of inwardness…

On the sublimation of speech

…it immediately struck me that most disagreements are fought over words and not meanings. I think it is tempting to mistake the feeling of familiarity with a word—that hearing it or reading it may bring—with actually having grasped its meaning. The words then function like mercenaries in proxy-disputes, or conflicts that are vicarious. I think words…