What is the philosophical significance of absurdity, and how ought we respond?
Our ethical commitments, aesthetic ambitions, and devotion to civil ideals lose their logical force and allure when subjected to the constraints of materialism, and if Secular Humanists wish to live authentically and with intellectual integrity they must recognize the limitations their uncompromising view imposes upon our activity.
In the March and May issues of First Things David Bentley Hart considers whether natural law theory can persuade secular opponents of the authority of Christian ethics. How, he asks, can Christian apologists convincingly appeal to nature in defense of specific moral obligations without first seeking agreement on the metaphysical principles that permit of a … Continue reading Nietzsche on Nature’s Law
What is at stake in our relation to the aesthetic? Probably very little, we'd say. Art, once a very serious matter, has lately become trivial, and it's hard for us today to think that anything great lies at the heart of it. Beauty is, we are told, in the eye of the beholder, so any … Continue reading Art and the Artist