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  • Niemeyer’s America (Review)

    December 17, 2014, Comments Off

    Review of Gerhart Niemeyer, The Loss and Recovery of Truth, edited and introduced by Michael Henry (St. Augustine’s Press, 2013), 696 pp. Hardcover, $60.00.   Those who come to America’s shores, and truly adopt the country as their own, can often teach more that is valuable about…

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  • Morality and the Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Meaning and Relevance of Eudaimonism

    December 11, 2014, No Comments

    “Why Be Moral?” Among the many questions that contemporary moral philosophers have raised over the past few decades is the question: Why be Moral? Nearly all contemporary scholars that address the issue seem to understand that this question is anything but new, but a much smaller number…

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  • Love and Natural Law (Review)

    December 4, 2014, No Comments

    Review of R. J. Snell, The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 207 pages. Paperback, $24.00.   To borrow a line, R. J. Snell’s The Perspective of Love is not the book the natural law tradition deserves, but it is a…

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  • Dusty Old Phonograph Records

    November 29, 2014, No Comments

    Any largish institution, any home in fact, will find itself with odd accumulations of…stuff: old shipping documents, tax reports, Christmas decorations from the Mesolithic.  This happens a lot to public libraries.   Down in our workroom is a small metal truck, the kind used to transport files…

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  • Voegelin’s Impact on the Italian Response to Modernity: The Parallel Life-works of Augusto del Noce and Eric Voegelin

    November 26, 2014, No Comments

    In 1968, Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics was published in Italian by Borla, translated by Renato Pavetto, and with an introduction authored by Catholic philosopher Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989) titled ‘Eric Voegelin e la critica dell’idea di modernità’ [‘Eric Voegelin and the Critique of the…

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  • Biography, Elegy, and the Politics of Modernity in Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein

    November 22, 2014, No Comments

    Willis Salomon’s “Biography, Elegy, and the Politics of Modernity in Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein” was originally published in Lee Trepanier (Editor) A Political Companion to Saul Bellow (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2013). It appears here with the permission of the author, editor, and the University of Kentucky…

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  • The Civil Theology of Confucius' "Tian" Symbol

    November 16, 2014, No Comments

    The communist ideology in China is in decline. The emperor, as the expression goes, has no clothes. Yet most liberal critiques of the present regime do not penetrate to  its spiritual essence, and fail to provide the philosophical foundation for a transitional politics and morality for the…

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  • Chinese Political Philosopher Daniel Hsu Passes Away

    November 12, 2014, No Comments

    Mr. Xu Zhiyue or Daniel Hsu, an independent scholar and translator in Shanghai, died on November 2nd, 2014. He was 53. Mr. Hsu passed away just two weeks after undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.   For more than a decade, Mr. Hsu has helped to introduce a…

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Review of Gerhart Niemeyer, The Loss and Recovery of Truth, edited and introduced by Michael Henry (St. Augustine’s Press, 2013), 696 pp. Hardcover, $60.00.
 
Those who come to America’s shores, and truly adopt the country as their own, can often teach more that is valuable about this society than those who have lived here all their lives. The perspective of one…

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“Why Be Moral?”
Among the many questions that contemporary moral philosophers have raised over the past few decades is the question: Why be Moral? Nearly all contemporary scholars that address the issue seem to understand that this question is anything but new, but a much smaller number of such scholars seem to understand the meaning or the importance of the question.…

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Review of R. J. Snell, The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 207 pages. Paperback, $24.00.
 
To borrow a line, R. J. Snell’s The Perspective of Love is not the book the natural law tradition deserves, but it is a book the natural law tradition needs. What the tradition deserves is another tome on Aquinas,…

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Any largish institution, any home in fact, will find itself with odd accumulations of...stuff: old shipping documents, tax reports, Christmas decorations from the Mesolithic.  This happens a lot to public libraries.
 
Down in our workroom is a small metal truck, the kind used to transport files between offices, full, over full, of old phonograph records, mostly LP’s. The discs are spoken…

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In 1968, Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics was published in Italian by Borla, translated by Renato Pavetto, and with an introduction authored by Catholic philosopher Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989) titled ‘Eric Voegelin e la critica dell’idea di modernità’ [‘Eric Voegelin and the Critique of the Idea of Modernity’].[1] The aim of The New Science of Politics, Del Noce…

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Willis Salomon’s “Biography, Elegy, and the Politics of Modernity in Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein” was originally published in Lee Trepanier (Editor) A Political Companion to Saul Bellow (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2013). It appears here with the permission of the author, editor, and the University of Kentucky Press. For more details about this work, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/Political-Companion-Companions-American-Authors/dp/0813141850/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415973835&sr=8-1&keywords=trepanier+bellow
 
Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein is…

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The communist ideology in China is in decline. The emperor, as the expression goes, has no clothes. Yet most liberal critiques of the present regime do not penetrate to  its spiritual essence, and fail to provide the philosophical foundation for a transitional politics and morality for the Chinese people. Meanwhile, so-called conservative thinkers, including Gan Yang[1], are blind to the…

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Mr. Xu Zhiyue or Daniel Hsu, an independent scholar and translator in Shanghai, died on November 2nd, 2014. He was 53. Mr. Hsu passed away just two weeks after undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.
 
For more than a decade, Mr. Hsu has helped to introduce a great variety of European and American minds into the Chinese-speaking world. He called himself an…

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Over the years I have paid considerable attention to Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) in my teaching and writing. From time to time, students and others who have learnt something of Babbitt and who know the work of Eric Voegelin have asked me how it could be that Voegelin seems never to have commented on Babbitt. This American thinker did after all…

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Peter McNamara’s “Why Business Schools Exist: On the Intellectual Origins of Business Schools in Nineteenth Century France and America” was originally published in Lee Trepanier (Editor) The Free Market and the Human Condition: Essays on Economics and Culture (London: Lexington Books, 2014). It appears here with the permission of the author, editor, and Lexington Books. For more details about this…

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