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Am I Missing Something?

Owen Flanagan confuses me. (We’re reading “Finding Meaning in the Natural World.”) I keep thinking that he must be saying more than he’s saying. Or that what he’s saying is more controversial than it seems. 526 more words

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Man? Still?

I find myself wanting to return to the question of atheism. What it means, what it implies. And also its relationship to humanism. There’s a hard edge to atheism—the word, the concept—but I sometimes think it’s the best way of thinking about secularism. 1,081 more words

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Stoves, Purity, Perfection, Justice, Salvation

Well, I’m never sure what to make of these outbursts about those who are seemingly beyond the pale—those, in this case, who “litter the ground of that corner of the academic ballpark in which the soi-distant radicals gather.” I assume that’s not me, because I’m not an academic and because I’m even sure what makes a “soi-distant radical”; and yet I seem to be out of sync, if nothing else, and that doesn’t sound good—at least in terms of promoting dialog. 573 more words

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The Messiah...Again

I have three things to do: (1) respond to John’s response (about animals, etc.), (2) write something about humanism, trying to make my thoughts clearer (to myself?), and (3) write about Werner Hamacher’s “The Right Not to Use Rights.” 992 more words

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What Would God Do?

I remembered de Duve, because of a previous essay on an entirely different topic—photography theory—that was intriguing, succinct and clear. Not this essay. “Come On, Humans, One More Effort!” began nicely, but then, for my taste, devolved into something I could barely follow. 1,345 more words

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(Human) Aspirations

I want to make a distinction between the vertical and the horizontal. I’m doing this in light of John’s comments about my comments about humanism. 726 more words

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Liberalism (Again)

John’s “methodological point” confuses me. Obviously, there’s a definitional problem with the word “liberal,” at least in the American situation. George W. Bush is not a liberal. 1,000 more words

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