Category: Philosophy

C.S. Lewis on Property Dualism

C.S. Lewis’s sermon “Transposition” contains in it an excellent layman’s summary of what is now known as property/substance dualism. The fundamental principle of “Transposition” is that “higher mediums” can’t be transposed/represented by “lower mediums” without the loss of something. The...

/ October 20, 2004

Who was M. Regulus? (And why don’t we care?)

In prep for my classes next semester, I picked up The City of God today and started what will have to a be a very fast read. It’s been a while since I was in Augustine so I was a...

/ July 18, 2004
art-creativity

Subordinate Complexity

Everyone creates. So everyone must (or should) care how to create well. From writing, to making images by photography or painting or drawing, to speaking, to planning one’s day, we are all MAKING. How do we create well? It seems...

/ April 24, 2004
philosophical-writing-artform

Philosophical Writing as an Artform

I recommend Ralph McInerny’s very short Rhyme and Reason: St. Thomas and Modes of Discourse. It’s the Marquette University Aquinas Lecture for 1981. I’m thinking about it today in relation to literary criticism (a field in which I am less...

/ April 22, 2004