Reading Augustine’s Confessions, XIII: Chapters 11-21

We examined, in some detail, St. Augustine’s Confessions Book XIII, Chapters 1-10, along with Chapter 22 which concerns itself with imago Dei and the renewal of the mind to reach the light of creation which calls us in its beauty and wisdom.  Now we will continue to examine a close reading of the Confessions from … Continue reading Reading Augustine’s Confessions, XIII: Chapters 11-21

Aristotle’s Physics

Aristotle’s Physics has had a profound and far-reaching legacy, in many ways, Aristotle’s work has shaped our understanding of nature and the natural – especially as it emerged from Book II.  In Book II Aristotle begins to delineate and distinguish between “of things that exist…by nature” (ontology) and “some from other causes.”  Nature is associated … Continue reading Aristotle’s Physics

Thucydides’ Athenian Exceptionalism

Exceptionalism is a topic that comes up a lot in political discussions and philosophy seminars.  What is exceptionalism, who is exceptional, why are they exceptional, is exceptionalism just a smoke-screen for imperialism?  so on and so forth.  Also, it has become somewhat common since 2003 to begin referring to America as “the New Rome,” even … Continue reading Thucydides’ Athenian Exceptionalism

Machiavelli and the Modern World

Machiavelli is generally seen as the first modern philosopher and political philosopher.  In his two famous works: The Prince and the Discourses on Livy, there are 14 uses of the word “Form” and 51 uses of the word “Matter.”  14 and 51 are numerological derivations of 7 and 17 respectively.  In Greek philosophical numerology, 7 … Continue reading Machiavelli and the Modern World

The German Romantics: Kant, II

In this video recording, I continue our examination of Kant's Synthetic A Priori and how it relates to his idea of the Noumenon and what it means that we can know some things about the "real world," but that other aspects of the world is inaccessible to us. The Fate of Reason: 1.2, Kant's Synthetic … Continue reading The German Romantics: Kant, II

Aristotle On Dialectical Politics

Aristotle’s political theory is grounded in two principal cornerstones: that man is a political (or social) animal, and that the end of human existence is happiness.   Thus, humanity’s essential social character cannot be separated from his existential character.  The separation of humanity from society will not produce the happiness he seeks.  Likewise, a politics that … Continue reading Aristotle On Dialectical Politics

Aristotle: On Politics

Aristotle is remembered as one of the greatest of the classical philosophers, metaphysicians, and epistemologists, but he was equally the most important political philosopher of the ancient world.  Aristotle’s Politics and Ethics are fundamental in political philosophy studies, and his ideas were largely incorporated into Christian political theory through the rise of Catholicism (though Catholic … Continue reading Aristotle: On Politics