Video Lecture: Moral Reasoning and Concluding Thoughts

Dear friends, I offer a video of what is likely the concluding lecture for a course that I have had the privilege to teach this semester. I expect it will go down in history as “the Corona-term.” As one might imagine, the onset of isolation procedures just as Spring Break was drawing to a close…

Video Lecture: On AI and Human Freedom

Dear friends, I offer this two part video lecture on themes that are pertinent to Theoria-press, which can be somewhat aphoristically captured in the phrase: “How we can look is what we will see.” This was once the motto of the site, though I have recently changed it to a quote from Plotinus’ Enneads. This…

Is COVID-19 proof that God is wrothful or that he does not exist?

Also published in the current issue of Hermes Magazine. Any concrete experience of suffering tends to invite an argument over the abstract question of God’s character. This question often takes the form of what is called theodicy which is roughly: “why does a God, who is, by definition benevolent/good, omniscient/all-knowing and omnipotent/all-powerful, allow a world…

A Brief Reflection on COVID-19 & 5G

A minority of people think that 5G is the true cause behind the pandemic of COVID-19, while the majority denounce them as “conspiracy theorists.” According to the consensus view, the Coronavirus itself is a sufficient condition to explain the pandemic that has gripped the world for the last months. A separate issue, which I will…

Mythos & Logos (3): The Scapegoat and the Lamb of God

The first part of this study can be found here. In the last piece, I attempted to sketch an outline of Girard’s theory of mimetic desire, its ineluctable progression to collective violence, and its traditional and universal palliative in the application of the scapegoat mechanism. To recapitulate, human beings are relational by nature and therefore,…

Caritas and Biography: Two Exhortations

On occasion, people have been known to examine their lives. If we agree with Socrates, then we will feel that this very act of reflection confers value to its object: “the unexamined life is not worth living.” The life worth living will be an examined one. Clearly, however, there is more to a life of…

An Offering of Video Lectures

Like everyone, I have found myself impelled to undertake things I would not have expected before the Corona phenomenon. One thing this has meant for me is finding new ways to sustain connection and communication with students and also patients (my “day job” is as a Rolfer) by recording video lectures and uploading them to…

Poem:

And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them. —The Wisdom of Solomon 7:12 A serpent lurks amidst the coils of fog That gird the mountain’s abysmal ground Surrounded by these subtle mists With lust he eyes his unsuspecting prey And prepares…

Poem: “Dream of Summer”

Lying on our backs Cool grass beneath us The air of summer nights Caresses our skin, one by one Each blossom undresses and The wafting the smell of jasmine, Incense from a thousand ivory censers Sanctifies the gentle wind. We peer between two leaves Of a linden tree— Leaves that whisper in a tongue We…