Paul Kidder

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Paul Kidder is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at Seattle University. He has published articles on Bernard Lonergan, metaphysics, aesthetics, and urban studies.

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The extraordinary pearl of the tortured genius of Gustave Flaubert—the novel, Madame Bovary—exemplifies the kind of captivating puzzle that attracts attention well beyond the world of literary criticism.[1]  In the early twentieth century, for example, it inspired Jules de Gaultier’s philosophy of “Bovarysm,” a psychological complex distilled from the novel and worked into a universal principle of human nature; it…

Concepts of Nature: Ancient and Modern. R.J. Snell and Steven F. McGuire, eds.. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.
 
The word, “nature,” is a broad term, often used ambiguously due to the long history of debate over its possible meanings.  The ambiguous use of the term derives, too, from the fact that it has, from the beginning, functioned as a heuristic notion. …
Martin Heidegger 6

It is probably well known among Voegelin scholars that one really could not get to square one with Professor Voegelin on the subject of Heidegger.  In his autobiographical memoir Voegelin describes returning from the United States in the late twenties and having no interest in Heidegger’s Being and Time: “It just ran right off,” he says.[i]  Voegelin made the same…