Tag: Philosophy

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[This quotation speaks to the differences between the British (1640) and American Revolutions, compared to the French (1789) and Russian (1917) Revolutions] The difference was that the British and American revolutions, led by the Puritans, were inspired by the Hebrew Bible. The French and Russian revolutions were inspired by philosophy. Rousseau’s in the first, Karl […]

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When I’m in the mood for political comedy, I often turn to the American Philosophical Association’s blog — a collection of claptrap so crazy that it must be curated by The Onion‘s editorial staff . . . or no editorial staff at all, since its pages are rife with misspellings and grammatical errors. As for its political […]

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Zeal Without Knowledge

 

The translators of Proverbs 19:2 are in agreement: Zeal without knowledge is dangerous. I’m a little hesitant on the accuracy of this as a translation, since the word zeal apparently does not appear in the Hebrew. (Even the ancient Greek translations lack the word zelos–along with, apparently, the whole verse!)

But I’m not hesitant at all about the idea. It’s a correct idea. Zeal is lauded in the Bible in any number of places, like Psalm 69:9 and John 2:17, Romans 12:11, and Psalm 119:139. But zeal doesn’t create righteousness or wisdom out of nothing. Zeal is meant to be a righteous stand for a truth coming from elsewhere. Zeal is to be built on knowledge; see also Romans 10:2.

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I owe Unsk an apology. Many moons ago, in March, I wrote a piece about the clash between classical liberalism and historic preservation. It occasioned about a dozen comments, all thoughtful. Unsk, an architect, shared a story about his (her? . . . some names are ambiguous) experience with the Secretary of the Interior’s preservation guidelines. According […]

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I am currently reading Jonah Goldberg’s “Suicide of the West” and Patrick Deneen’s “Why Liberalism Failed” for a doctoral class. Finding myself about halfway through the former I had the following review retweeted into my timeline this morning and it held exactly the critique of Goldberg’s thesis that was digging at me. I want to […]

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“I’ll tell you another story” says Alexi. “It begins with a dwarf coming out of the mountains to trade with the City of Man.” ‘What do you mean it’s just as good as gold?’ asked the dwarf. His eyes squinted out from under bushy eyebrows. His old and lanky ox shuffled idly under it’s burdens. […]

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William F. Buckley Jr. was a strong Catholic and probably the most influential conservative of his generation. Recently, Dennis Prager wrote a column titled, Conservatives, too, undergo secular indoctrination. In that column Prager wrote  in American terms, the American conservative I most admired, William F. Buckley Jr., the founder and publisher of National Review, was […]

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Each day, I begin my morning by silencing my phone’s alarm and scrolling through BBC headlines — arguably an act of supreme masochism. Each day, then, I’m treated to a panoramic view of mankind’s ever-shrinking intuition. Each day, I witness yet more proof of the slow death of common sense. Such articles often remind me […]

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We live in a golden age of identity politics. We set people in myriad boxes and categories — racial, sexual, religious, political — and stamp our feet when a few intrepid souls dare to leave their alloted places. Our culture finds value in variety and shuns all forms of unity, save for whatever unity develops within the […]

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Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Ryan T. Anderson, boldly ventures into territory few scholars or pundits dare to probe much less challenge, namely the socially and politically-correct sacred space of “gender dysphoria” and transgendering in When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement (New York: Encounter Books, 2018).  While social conservatives hail […]

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Quote of the Day: Socialism

 

“The old argument about the science of socialism was that it would be more efficient than capitalism and markets. Eliminate all that waste of competition and plan what is to be produced, by whom, where, and we’ll all have more stuff. We’ll be richer in short.

“Then we went and tested the contention to destruction and 1989 showed that it was incorrect.

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Stephen Hicks is a Professor of Philosophy, and teaches at Rockford University, Illinois. In this clip, he discusses how all the predictions of Marxism failed, and so they embraced deconstructionism. There are larger talks by him on the topic, this is merely a clip. In any case, he is an interesting and well informed speaker. […]

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Why do you care to see fancy architecture? What is the appeal? The history, you might say. It represents a time long past; of emperors and kings, or of barbaric tribes and silk roads, or some such. For the science, you might say. What incredible engineering was necessary to build these grand structures! For the […]

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Very recently, a member of Ricochet, Gary Robbins, wrote an essay, in which he posed a series of question to die-hard Trump fans. I would like to use this essay to rephrase and expand on one of those questions, because I believe it is that important: Did President Trump, then candidate Trump, make fun of […]

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A person of sense but limited stamina naturally attempts to avoid too much study in modern philosophy, such as is offered by contemporary establishment academia, on the basis of empiric observation that, for any but the strongest, it can lead to misery and despond. A person with sensibility will perhaps be intrigued by this present […]

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