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Written May 08th, 2007 with 9 Comments »

I took a bit of time this morning to sit on the back porch (actually, it’s a step) and read through a bit of Derrida/Caputo (Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A conversation with Jacques Derrida). I’m not finished with the book, but I will be through this evening. This morning, I was amazed, thrilled, and inspired […]

Written April 08th, 2007 with 7 Comments »

I’m chasing an interesting and abstract thought re: the philosophical relationship between postmodernism, liberal religious pluralism, and ethics. I’ll begin with a fantastic quote by Stanley Hauerwas. The following excerpt is from The Peaceable Kingdom:
“All ethical reflection occurs relative to a particular time and place. Not only do ethical problems change from one time to […]

Written January 06th, 2007 with No Comments »

Descartes’ First Meditation is a philosophical inquiry into epistemology, from a very skeptical position.
Descartes is obviously dedicated to self-reflection as a means leading toward authentic self-understanding as concerns his own rational or irrational awareness. He writes:
“Several years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had accepted, even from my youth, many false […]

Written January 04th, 2007 with No Comments »

I randomly pulled an ethics book from its shelf this morning, after my morning devotions. I flipped to a very provocative page re: the issue of postmodernism, and its relationship and/or affect upon ethics, which has been a strong and obvious theme in discussions concerning Christianity and Christian ethics of late, at least here on […]

Written December 29th, 2006 with No Comments »

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2. a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3. a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break […]

Written December 13th, 2006 with 4 Comments »

The name Alfred North Whitehead is important to Process thought and philosophy. Perhaps important is too light a word, in this case. Whitehead is more than important to the philosophy; he is an essential aspect of it. It is upon Whitehead’s foundational philosophy that Process Theology is built.
Alfred North Whitehead was a mathematician and logician […]

Written November 19th, 2006 with 1 Comment »

What does John Rawls - philosopher, espouser and all around guru of Political Liberalism - mean by “goodness as rationality?”
“Goodness as rationality,” is the name given to a concept which considers human beings as capable of authentically defining what “good” and “the good life” is for themselves (a staple of liberalism). This concept is […]

Written November 18th, 2006 with 1 Comment »

John Stuart Mill sites the following statement from Kant as evidence of Kant’s philosophical reliance upon a similar teleological or utilitarian ethic (Mill says that even Kant had to appeal to the principle of utility): “So act that the rule on which thou actest would admit of being adopted as a law by all rational […]

Written November 16th, 2006 with No Comments »

The French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal advanced a “wager” that demonstrated his thoughts on the rationality of believing in God.

Written November 14th, 2006 with No Comments »

Socrates (Plato), in The Republic, metaphorically defines justice as “harmony.” The reader following this metaphorical caricature consequently discovers justice to be quintessentially observable and definable on the macro and micro scales, i.e., in society and the individual. Plato, in his “Republic,” paints a dialectic picture of an ideal society (macro justice) wherein its members are […]