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A Subtle Deceit – Self-Evidency and the Declaration
Logic / Morality / Politics

A Subtle Deceit – Self-Evidency and the Declaration

What sorts of things are self-evident? In logic, propositions are generally divided into two types: analytic and synthetic. Most analytic propositions contain subjects that necessarily entail the predicated attribute and are therefore tautological. For instance, “all bachelors are single” is an analytic proposition because the subject bachelor already denotes the quality of singleness ascribed by … Continue reading

Surprised by Failure: C.S. Lewis on Art and Desire
Art / Christianity

Surprised by Failure: C.S. Lewis on Art and Desire

Of all my boyhood memories, one particular kind of youthful sensation remains especially vivid in my mind. As a child I frequently experienced moments of intense longing that I can best describe as artistic desire. I would respond to this nebulous urgency by gathering together an assortment of art supplies – crayons, colored pencils, pastels, … Continue reading

Nietzsche on Nature’s Law
Atheism / Morality / Nietzsche

Nietzsche on Nature’s Law

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

Book Review: The Closing of the American Mind
Book Review / Education

Book Review: The Closing of the American Mind

Now twenty-five years old, Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind (Simon and Schuster, 1987) remains a timely analysis of the demise of liberal education in America. Despite the impact his controversial appeal for educational reform made upon the academic community, it’s difficult to argue that in the quarter century since the book’s publication we’ve made significant … Continue reading