It is well that there are palaces of peace And discipline and dreaming and desire, Lest we forget our heritage and cease The Spirit’s work—to hunger and aspire… – C.S. Lewis, “Oxford” Last week, I visited my friend Aurora who studies at Oxford. It was my first visit there and I was delighted that Aurora […]Read more "Oxford, Oratories, and Openness to Reality"
Presentation to the Participants of the International Conference on Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology at the University of Paderborn, Germany February 13, 2016 There’s an anecdote about Hannah Arendt’s American students asking her in the 1960s if they ought to cooperate with labour unions in opposing the war in Vietnam. And Arendt replied, “Yes, because […]Read more "Taking Responsibility Personally"
On Ash Wednesday, I spent the day in the city of Cologne in Germany with my friend Christine. She and I stayed in the Cologne Downtown Hostel where we had this Cathedral view!Read more "Ash Wednesday in Cologne"
Here’s a short paper I wrote for my class on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: Throughout his entire pontificate, John Paul II proclaimed, “Be not afraid!” But, speaking to university students in Krakow, he exhorted them to be afraid of two things: thoughtlessness and pusillanimity. Thoughtlessness is fairly commonsensical. Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the relationship between thoughtlessness […]Read more "“Be not afraid!” -except of this…"
Here’s a short paper I wrote for my Introduction to Classical Philosophy class: Recently, the Alberta Government released an 18-page document titled, “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions.” The anonymous authors of this document state: “For the purpose of accommodating the diverse needs of […]Read more "Metaphysics – What it is and why it matters"