The problem with “Problem” – Part III

… There is one defense of the modern usage of the word that my housemate and award-winning debater put forth. “OK,” he said, “But ‘problem’ has a certain amount of intimidation value. If I can toss ‘the Problem of Evil’...

/ January 25, 2005

Back to Biola

Biola has published an analysis and response to the NY Times Magazine piece of a few months ago that highlighted Biola. My brother wrote then that the Times write-up was an “accurate reflection of the tension between faith and secularism...

/ January 24, 2005

The problem with “Problem” – Part II

What is common to all of the cases mentioned below? Here is what I notice: They are all questions. (with the exception of the second “problem of evil” which was stated as a thesis) So in response to the question...

/ January 24, 2005

The problem with “Problem” – Part I

Why do we refer to things as “problems”? You may say I’m picky, but I think word choice is the most important thing… Plus the name you give a thing influences how in what way we’ll approach it. If we...

/ January 21, 2005

Why Education Sucks

“How were classes today?” “Fascinating.” I would bet large portions of my monthly income that the above conversation has not taken place between a high schooler and his parent in America for decades. Now I know why. I am writing...

/ January 21, 2005

Transposition and introspection

Lewis in Weight of Glory makes the point that for any higher thing (like a three-dimensional cube) to be transposed onto a lower medium (like a two-dimensional piece of paper) two things must be true: a) the thing must lose...

/ January 21, 2005

Plato’s Euthyphro versus Aristophanes’ The Clouds

It’s nice to be blogging again! Greek and Roman philosophy are on my mind… Plato’s Euthyphro recounts the conversation Socrates had with Euthyphro, a religious leader, just before his trial. It comes out that this man is also awaiting a...

/ January 21, 2005

A Brief Reply to My Brother Regarding the Essence of Political Theory

A caveat: I’ve not yet had time to read the article my brother pointed me to. My brother, in the comments to my post on Popper, writes: First, Lewis’s critique seems aimed at Behaviorism (hence the word “conditioners”). Behaviorists believed...

/ January 19, 2005

The Quotable Karl

Barth, not Popper. There is no doctrine more dangerous than the Christian doctrine of the atonement, it does indeed make “wild and careless folk” (Heid. Cat., qu. 64), if we do not consider it with this warning in view. The...

/ January 19, 2005

An abstract and somewhat poetic post

I was talking to Matt at his fiance’s house, conversing on the nature of talk. I said nothing not brought to discussion is ever remembered or well understood. “No,” he said, “there’s something to be said, not for talk, but...

/ January 16, 2005