In a different key, Jonathan reflects on the various phenomena of madness—Dionysian madness, erotic madness, outright insane madness, to…simple insanity. What ties them together? What distinguishes them? What forms of them exist? Can there even be a definition…? The first in a (likely) series of exploratory thoughts.
In this post, Conor contextualizes what, in an earlier post, he called ‘noetic reduction’ in the Enneads. Beginning with Parmenides, he argues that the roots of reduction go all the way back to Parmenides’s founding insight that ‘the same is for thinking as for being.’
Jonathan reflects on a recent essay on post-Enlightenment ethics, calling for a return to a Christian metaphysics for a communitarian ethics, and the challenge faced by the “metaphysically homeless” self.
On a somewhat different topic, Jonathan looks into the recent American novelist, David Foster Wallace, and his thesis on the role of narratives, the imprisonment of the postmodern self, religious ritual, and attention. The first in a series of posts, I suggest this ties into a similar theme in Plato as well.
Antonio discusses how he changed his views on his vocation as a metaphysician: is it the priesthood or is it rather action as a public intellectual?
Jonathan contemplates the nature of philosophy as an ongoing, open-ended activity of thought, critiquing, and continual re-assessing, through the frame of Dominic O’Meara’s notion of “Plato’s Open Philosophy”.
Conor reflects on what he learned from Lloyd Gerson’s excellent Aristotle and Other Platonists.