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  • A Leo Strauss for Our Time: From NeoCon Hawk to International Lawyer (Review)

    March 2, 2015, Comments Off

    Robert Howse, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xi + 188 pp. Paper, $29.99.   Robert Howse, the Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at NYU, has set out to vindicate Leo Strauss from his calumniators on the Left, in large…

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  • Tedium and His Big Brother

    February 25, 2015, Comments Off

    Notwithstanding Valentine’s, there’s not much to be said for February other than that it’s short. February is boring. Boring.   So, let’s talk about boredom.   That boredom is a pain-in-the-behind to its victims, is patent. And there is so much of it! Staff-meetings. Waiting for elevators,…

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  • Recovering Lincoln’s Ancient Faith (Review)

    February 21, 2015, Comments Off

    Review of Joseph R. Fornieri, Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman (Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), pp. 248. Cloth, $34.50.   When Abraham Lincoln died the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, is reported to have said, “Now he belongs to the ages.” And indeed he does, but the difficulty…

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  • James Rhodes, Teacher and Scholar

    February 15, 2015, Comments Off

    James Rhodes was a man of unfailing humor and boundless affection for others, especially his students, to whom he shared, over the years, his wonderment and respect for things that truly mattered, but were difficult to face or speak about. I was his Marquette colleague for almost…

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  • Plato’s Pupil: James M. Rhodes (February 24, 1940-January 23, 2015)

    February 11, 2015, Comments Off

    When I received an email from Maria McMahon about her father’s death, I was both shocked and sadden by the news, as I had no indication that he was ill. The last time we had spoken was eighteen months ago in Chicago, after the Eric Voegelin Society…

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  • Mikhail Shishkin’s Maidenhair: God of life

    February 8, 2015, Comments Off

    And only imagination could speak truth of our common experience. Robert Penn Warren, Brother to Dragons   “The story is the hand, and you’re the mitt. Stories change you like mitts. You have to understand that stories are living beings.”  Mikhail Shishkin Maidenhair   Introduction On first…

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  • Tilo Schabert and the Primacy of Persons in Politics (Review)

    February 2, 2015, Comments Off

    John von Heyking & Thomas Heilke (eds.), The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism & Political Philosophy, Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2013, vii, 292 pp. Hardcover, $69.95. With a bibliography of the major works of Tilo Schabert on the subject and an index.   Review…

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  • The Ghost Language

    January 29, 2015, Comments Off

    Acme is not a name used very much anymore, but as one goes around Toronto, one may see an Acme bar, or an Acme laundry, and imagine these as the last traces of the once powerful Acme Corporation, widely diversified, famous for supplying weapons, all useless, to the Coyote in…

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Robert Howse, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xi + 188 pp. Paper, $29.99.
 
Robert Howse, the Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at NYU, has set out to vindicate Leo Strauss from his calumniators on the Left, in large measure by purporting to rescue him from those who call themselves or are called Straussians,…

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Notwithstanding Valentine’s, there’s not much to be said for February other than that it’s short. February is boring. Boring.
 
So, let’s talk about boredom.
 
That boredom is a pain-in-the-behind to its victims, is patent. And there is so much of it! Staff-meetings. Waiting for elevators, waiting in traffic, waitingwaitingwaiting. Paperwork. More paperwork.
 
And it is a problem to those not themselves bored but…

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Review of Joseph R. Fornieri, Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman (Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), pp. 248. Cloth, $34.50.
 
When Abraham Lincoln died the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, is reported to have said, “Now he belongs to the ages.” And indeed he does, but the difficulty is that throughout the ages there have been numerous attempts to use and abuse Lincoln…

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James Rhodes was a man of unfailing humor and boundless affection for others, especially his students, to whom he shared, over the years, his wonderment and respect for things that truly mattered, but were difficult to face or speak about. I was his Marquette colleague for almost 30 years, and as he did routinely for his students he helped me…

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And only imagination could speak truth of our common experience.


Robert Penn Warren,


Brother to Dragons


 


“The story is the hand, and you’re the mitt. Stories change you like mitts. You have to understand that stories are living beings.”


 Mikhail Shishkin


Maidenhair


 
Introduction
On first reading, Maidenhair stymies the reader, but in a…

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John von Heyking & Thomas Heilke (eds.), The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism & Political Philosophy, Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2013, vii, 292 pp. Hardcover, $69.95. With a bibliography of the major works of Tilo Schabert on the subject and an index.
 
Review translated by Johanna Louw.
 
This work is presented as a tribute to Tilo Schabert, Emeritus Professor of…

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Acme is not a name used very much anymore, but as one goes around Toronto, one may see an Acme bar, or an Acme laundry, and imagine these as the last traces of the once powerful Acme Corporation, widely diversified, famous for supplying weapons, all useless, to the Coyote in his pursuit of the Roadrunner.
 
There are ghost corporations, and there are ghost languages…

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Review of F.H. Buckley, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. Pp. xii, 398. $27.99.
 
A national book chain in Canada has as its (parochial and somewhat defensive) motto “The World Needs More Canada.” One hopes they will be stocking many copies of Frank Buckley’s engaging and lively new book since…

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