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  • From Philosopher Kings to Philosopher Professors: Against the Relativists

    January 15, 2019

    Famously, Socrates caps off his preliminary account of the beautiful city in the Republic with a description of the primary condition – by his own admission a very controversial condition – by which a truly beautiful and just city could come to be, namely the rulers who can bring…

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  • The Shock of Philosophy: On Josef Pieper

    January 14, 2019

    From images of moral depravity on television and online to the perpetually bad-news news cycle to the blunders, improprieties, and worse of celebrities and politicians, the vile and offensive seem to be so commonplace that one might reasonable wonder if anything can be shocking anymore.  We are evidently still…

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  • Association for Political Theory Call for Papers Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019

    January 13, 2019

    The Association for Political Theory Annual Conference University of California, Irvine October 24th-26th, 2019 Program Committee Co-Chairs: Hagar Kotef (SOAS University of London) and Neil Roberts (Williams College) The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites proposals from faculty members, independent scholars, and ABD graduate students for its annual conference…

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  • Roger Caillois is a Better Guide to the Sacred Foundations of the West than Giorgio Agamben

    January 13, 2019

    The mystery of the liturgy coincides totally with the mystery of operativity – Giorgio Agamben   In my opinion, Giorgio Agamben is the most important contemporary European theorist.  Political theology in the anarchist tradition, to which Agamben subscribes, has for its goal the exorcism of theology from political economy.…

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Famously, Socrates caps off his preliminary account of the beautiful city in the Republic with a description of the primary condition – by his own admission a very controversial condition – by which a truly beautiful and just city could come to be, namely the rulers who can bring it about:
"Unless philosophers rule as kings in their cities . .…

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From images of moral depravity on television and online to the perpetually bad-news news cycle to the blunders, improprieties, and worse of celebrities and politicians, the vile and offensive seem to be so commonplace that one might reasonable wonder if anything can be shocking anymore.  We are evidently still capable of outrage, expressed with uncompromising vitriol on social media platforms,…

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The Association for Political Theory Annual Conference
University of California, Irvine
October 24th-26th, 2019
Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Hagar Kotef (SOAS University of London) and
Neil Roberts (Williams College)
The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites proposals from faculty members, independent scholars, and ABD graduate students for its annual conference to be held October 24th-26th, 2019, at the campus of the University of California, Irvine. We will consider papers…

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The mystery of the liturgy coincides totally with the mystery of operativity
- Giorgio Agamben
 
In my opinion, Giorgio Agamben is the most important contemporary European theorist.  Political theology in the anarchist tradition, to which Agamben subscribes, has for its goal the exorcism of theology from political economy.
Though Agamben is a leftist, his argument is in the spirit of Eric Voegelin –…

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The Centrality of the Regime for Political Science. Clifford Angell Bates, Jr. Warsaw, Poland: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Waszawskiego, 2016.
 
The Centrality of the Regime for Political Science examines the political community as Aristotelian regimes rather than the Machiavellian state. For Aristotle, the regime is the political community that emerges out of discrete and heterogeneous parts, like the households, while the state for…

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What was most surprising to you as this book’s author?
There may yet be further surprises for me as time passes and I think back upon it. But let me share with you where I am on this right now. First, I was invited by the Dean of our local Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, ID, to offer a brief theological workshop…

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Your Kin-dom Come: The Lord’s Prayer in a Global Age.  William Thompson-Uberuaga.  Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2018.
 
The purpose of this book, William Thompson-Uberuaga tells us at the beginning, is the recovery of the “one heart” that unites what Pope John Paul II called the “two lungs” — the Eastern and Western Christian traditions— of the one universal Christian community.  In…

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Consider the American family, never so vexed. Take marriage in particular. Writing in The Christian Science Monitor, Stephanie Hanes reports:
"In 1950, married couples represented 78 percent of households in the United States. In 2011, the US Census Bureau reported, that percentage had dropped to 48 percent . . .
[In 2014], for the first time, the number of unmarried American adults…

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“Live not by lies,” was the advice that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (born December 11, 1918) gave his compatriots when they asked him how to stand up to the crushing might of the Soviet Union.  He did not seek an open confrontation with the regime.  Neither resistance nor violence could succeed in the face of a remorseless killing machine.  Individuals would simply…

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In our world today there appears to be a considerable anxiety surrounding the idea of greatness.[i] Specifically there is a fear of being great; that is, a weariness towards people striving after greatness or declaring others great.
This hesitation, I believe, is due to recent populist uprisings that have associated their improbably successful campaigns with the re-establishment of greatness. US President…

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