Category: Epistemology

Knowledge Spackle

So, we had a hole in the wall. I don’t mean the tiny urban apartment we shared in the first year of marriage, but a literal gap in the plaster. We had to call maintenance to patch it up. (I...

/ March 31, 2011

The Philosophical Muddles of Postmodernism

At the urging of a friend, I sat down and read Phillip Kenneson’s essay on the nature of truth in Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World. I almost wish I hadn’t. Count me among the not impressed.  The essay is...

/ August 26, 2010

Is Religion Relative?

In a recent homily, Pope Benedict described the current intellectual climate in the world as a ‘dictatorship of relativism.‘ While the phrase was welcomed in many corners (like mine), it was challenged as disingenuous and incoherent at The Corner by...

/ April 24, 2008

Character, Skepticism, and Prayer

In the context of a discussion about the method in which God develops a conversation relationship with us – by forming our character – and our appropriate response, Dallas Willard writes of the serious barrier our culture’s skepticism poses to...

/ February 3, 2007

Examining a proverb

“He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.” – Lao Tzu With the reading of many books comes learning. With the in-depth analysis of a broad range of topics and issues comes the reputation for being...

/ September 18, 2006

On Engineering Deficits and Papal Pronouncements

This story seems particularly ironic in light of the Pope’s speech in Germany yesterday. While the numbers are tendentious, popular perception in America is that we are recruiting students to the engineering profession no better than Germany. Trends indicate that...

/ September 14, 2006

Do we think in language?

The linguistic turn taken by most 20th century philosophers included a tendency to assume that when we think, we think solely in language. When reading Dallas Willard’s mind-blowing website, I came across this piece that he wrote in the ’70s...

/ September 1, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume IV

Why Volumes? I have no idea. It just seemed right. I missed last night’s session due to grading, but these are a few thoughts from tonight. Socrates’ relationship to Theaetetus is as a midwife to a person in labor, or...

/ June 2, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume III

The relationship between teacher and student can take many forms. Modern educational approaches value the teacher insofar as he imparts information to the pupil. But traditional education is more akin to soul-nurturing. In the Theaetetus, Theaetetus is praised by his...

/ May 31, 2006

Thoughts on Theaetetus: Volume II

Theaetetus is introduced by Theodorus, a teacher of geometery who praises Theatetus for being acute, manly, and above all, a man of unique and peculiar gentleness. But is Theaetetus, a man of some nobility, a good student? Theodorus praises him...

/ May 30, 2006