domenica, febbraio 21, 2016

Around the web

Around the web:



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Busy, busy couple of weeks.  So, I’ll let others do the writing.  Here’s a large load of links:


David Oderberg on the current state of bioethics: Interview at BioEdge (reprinted at MercatorNet).


Neo-Aristotelian meta-metaphysician Tuomas Tahko is interviewed at 3:AM Magazine.   He also has recently published An Introduction to Metametaphysics


Michael Novak revisits the topic of Catholicism and social justice in a new book co-written with Paul Adams.  Interview at National Review Online, commentary at First Things, the Law and Liberty blog, and The Catholic Thing.


At The Imaginative Conservative, Bradley Birzer analyzes Hitchcock’s Vertigo.  (I offered my own analysis here some time back.)



Modern philosophers: Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum are here to tell you that “Causation is Not Your Enemy.”  Paper here, outline here.


Daniel Mahoney on political philosopher Pierre Manent, at City Journal


New books: Svein Anders Noer Lie, Philosophy of Nature: Rethinking naturalness; Ronald Baines and Richard Barcellos, Confessing the Impassible God; Glenn Siniscalchi, Retrieving Apologetics; Francis Beckwith, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith.


And some old books: Henri Grenier’s Thomistic Philosophy manuals are back in print.


The Los Angeles Review of Books on the reissue of Roger Scruton’s Thinkers of the New Left.


William Carroll on mind, brain, and materialism, at First Things; and on science and theology, at Public Discourse.


What influence did H.L.A. Hart have on John Finnis’s “new natural law” theory?  Santiago Legarre investigates


At Just Thomism, James Chastek on James Ladyman and scientism


Scientific American asks: Is string theory science?   Quanta Magazine addresses the same question.


Fr. James Schall on the goodness of wrath and anger.


Eva Brann revisits Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind.


New Statesman on the first atheists.


Christopher Caldwell on Bradley Birzer on Russell Kirk, in The New York Times.


At Crisis, Fr. George Rutler on German episcopal condescension toward Africa


Somebody had to say it: The Daily Mail explains why Star Wars sucks


Defender of divine simplicity James Dolezal is all over YouTube


At Public Discourse, philosopher Rachel Lu on women in the military.


Christopher Malloy at Thomistica.net on “new natural law” theory and practical politics.


The Guardian asks: How close are we to creating real superpowers?  (By the way, since they had to go and use a picture of him: I have always hated the character Deadpool, and, from what I’ve seen of it, the new movie is vile.)


Via YouTube, John Haldane’s lecture on virtue, happiness, and the meaning of life.


Atlas Obscura on Philip K. Dick’s last, unfinished novel.


At the Claremont Review of Books, Douglas Kries comments on J. Budziszewski’s Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law.