Category: Philosophy

The (Economic?) Case for Babies

I’m in the market for babies and, based on the research, it’s prime time to be having them.  Happily married, financially stable, and with a happiness quotient that should make the rich and famous envious, my wife and I are...

/ June 28, 2010

Arguing with George William Curtis

I’d never heard of George William Curtis before this past Saturday. A quote of his popped up on my friend’s facebook wall, in what I assume to be a strange way of pepping himself up for the US/Ghana World Cup...

/ June 27, 2010

Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and the Abortion Debate or Why You Should Buy Matt’s Book

In Michel Foucault’s book Discipline and Punish he argues that over the past 200 years the emphasis of western justice has shifted from punishing the body to punishing the soul. To support this he cites a number of shifts in...

/ June 17, 2010

On Genocide in Scripture: A Letter to a Friend Leaving the Faith

This is a letter that I wrote to a friend who is leaving behind the Christian faith.  I hope to begin a dialog with her, and may post excerpts from as we progress. First, let me say that you’re asking...

/ June 5, 2010

Maintaining Faith: Apologetics within the Christian Community

Over the past few years, we have occasionally engaged in that practice which the church calls “apologetics” here at Mere Orthodoxy. We never did it, I think, out of some sort of anxiety about the reliability of our Christian faith...

/ May 27, 2010

The New Dualisms

Gene Fant dug up this little gem from the latest Proceedings of the Modern Language Association by Timothy Morton: It’s not just that rabbits are rabbits in name only; it’s that whether or not we have words for them, rabbits...

/ May 23, 2010

The Expansiveness of Time

Tomorrow, my experience of time will dramatically change. Over the past six months, I have been working for an international corporation in what amounted to a digital stockroom.  It was the sort of job that would turn the most hardened...

/ May 10, 2010

Too Awesome Not to Share

From the video department here at Mere-O comes this offering, which is predicated on the simple premise of modernity:  we will, because we can. Of course, we never see him come down.  And that is the rub. Second, what is...

/ May 2, 2010

An Emergence of the Gaps Theory?

(Apologies to the reader for a bit more abstract fare this evening.) Meet Plotinus.   He’s a neo-Platonic philosopher from the 3rd century A.D., and is more well known for his famous pupil–St. Augustine–than his own work. Plotinus’ central contribution...

/ April 27, 2010

A Letter to a Former Student, on the Occasion of a Difficult Day

Newer readers to Mere-O may not know that for two years I worked as an educator, and was blessed to have an incredible set of students.  This is a letter I wrote tonight to one of them.  I post it...

/ April 22, 2010