This week, I have been contemplating an emotional phenomenon that I have seen in people of my generation: the justification of one’s actions based upon an idea of positive emotion as self-justifying. The principle would be something like this: Positive Emotions are a) indicators of happiness i.e. they arise from contact with people/places/things that will … Continue reading Emotions as Self-Justifying
In my recent studies, I have been dogged by a concern that I have had from the start of my undergraduate years: why is it that those who have presumably learned the most—those with PhDs or other intellectually high positions—seem incapable of writing or speaking in a manner comprehensible to plain persons? Rather than continue … Continue reading A Student’s Frustration and Confusion
During my recent reading of the prologue to the third edition of Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue, I realized that I had never, either for others’ education or my own, written down my own understanding of MacIntyre’s process of arbitration between rival traditions of rational inquiry. Since that process is central to MacIntyre’s project and I … Continue reading MacIntyre’s Concept of Inter-Tradition Conflict
Any graduate of Wyoming Catholic College is familiar with the scene from Augustine’s Confessions in which he and his mother Monica converse “in the presence of Truth, which You [Christ] are, what the eternal life of the saints could be like, which eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the … Continue reading Let’s Give Sense-Perception its Due: When Dialogue Might be Unnecessary or Harmful
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