Monthly Archives: April 2013

Life of Pi: Beauty over Truth?

Life of Pi has long since made it triumphant march through the theatres, so if you have not seen it, your only decision at this point is whether it is worth a rental. It is. Beautifully filmed and well-acted, it … Continue reading

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On the Choice of One’s Love

In his 2005 commencement address to the new graduates of Kenyon College, the American write David Foster Wallace offered the following deeply shocking words to those young progressives: “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such … Continue reading

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Plato’s Noble Lie and the Dr. Kermit Gosnell trial

For the past three years I have accompanied my first-year philosophy students from The Catholic University of America on an excursion to the Newseum here in DC. And for the past three years I have posed the following question to … Continue reading

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The Vocation of the Protector: a Brief Defense of Christian Gun Ownership

One of the philosophy professors where I teach (The Catholic University of America) has an article taped up on his office door with the headline “Catholics Should Trust in God, not Guns.” Despite the NRA sticker on my car, I … Continue reading

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Do the unborn have a right to life? A translation of Robert Spaemann’s 1974 article.

The article below appeared as a follow-up in 1974 to Robert Spaemann’s earlier article that year on the subject of abortion, “Am Ende der Debatte um §218 StGB” (my translation is available here). In that previous article, Spaemann had rather … Continue reading

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Illegitimi non carborundum: make babies

In the following passage from Ship of Destiny, a fantasy novel by Robin Hobb, a living ship that was formerly a female dragon (I know, I know, just bear with me) counsels a woman to remove a contraceptive device she … Continue reading

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Montessori and Plato: a surprising parallel

My wife and I have slowly been starting to investigate Montessori education as a possible option for our children in a couple of years. Thus far the biggest surprise for me has been some of the parallels of the Montessori … Continue reading

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