Graham McAleer

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Graham James McAleerm is a Professor at Loyola University Maryland, with a special interest in the Scottish Enlightenment. He is author of five books, including Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings: A Philosophy of War (2014) and Veneration & Refinement, which is an open-source, interactive website found at http://www.ethicsoffashion.com/.

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Max Scheler is, without question, one of the most significant philosophers of the twentieth century. With Husserl and Heidegger, he is a founding father of phenomenology, the dominant method of philosophy in Europe today. Some philosophers might be puzzled that a mind as subtle as Scheler’s can be put to work in business ethics, a discipline often thought boring by…

The anarchist, Proudhon, argues that Rome fell because she was incapable of changing her “objects of public veneration.” Rome’s gods, he says, were blood and luxury. The Empire crumbled when her gods, who had served her well in the past, proved inflexible amidst new circumstances, not the least of which was a man, a man “calling himself the Word of…

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 –…

"The father saw from afar the limits at which his authority had to expire; and when time has brought him to those limits, he abdicates without difficulty."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America).[1]
 
Tocqueville expresses surprise that commentators do not dwell more on the influence of inheritance.  He believes that the laws and mores of inheritance “should be placed at the…

In his Letters, Tolkien often mentions working in his garden.  He was a keen plantsman:
"I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size).  I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats" (The Letters…