Tag: Alasdair Macintyre

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #133: Psychology

General Introduction – Stay tuned ‘til the end for listener feedback Aristotelian Psychology – What does Aristotle mean by soul? – The soul and the body – Dante’s interpolation – Your undecaying mind – The final cause of the body – Types of souls – Thomas’s additions Christology and Psychology – The Nicene Creed –…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #126.1: Postmodernism 101

General Introduction – Snowpocalypse, Round Two – Sprezzatura, sprezzatura – Listener feedback – American folk The Postmodern Condition – The age of networked computers – Incredulity toward metanarratives – Speculation and emancipation – What counts as knowledge(s)? – Description or prescription Foucault – Structuralism begets poststructuralism – Power manifesting itself in society – Pessimistic description…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #124: Pulp Fiction

…Oh, I’m sorry. Did I break your concentration? General Introduction – We’re all here! – The Polar Vortex – Listener feedback and a caveat Pulp Autobiography – Encountering the parody first – Why Danny hates Forrest Gump – Nathan Gilmour, n-words! – A college-freshman movie Non-Linear Plots – Formulating gaps for the viewer – A…

Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #3: Martial Arts, Positive Psychology, and Virtue Ethics

When human beings want to tell stories, we often speak tales of the warrior.  Whether one reads about Saul and David, the holy warlords of ancient Israel, or about Diomedes and Ajax and Achilles of the Achaians and Hector of Troy, or the Samurai or the Shao-Lin or the Zulu or the Berserkers, what surfaces…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #114: Meno

General Introduction – Listener feedback – Episodes on Borges and Postman? Arête – Excellence and/or virtue – Warriors and excellences – Plato’s expansion of arête – Confucian virtue – Arête and social station – Excellence in tragedy – Meno’s definition – Answering the question carefully Why Ask the Question? – The urge to categorize –…

Scholarship that Starts with Conviction: Some Thoughts on the Adjective "Academic"

Every community’s complex practices require the process of tradition, what Alasdair Macintyre helpfully identified as the ongoing debate about what it means to practice what the community practices and to belong to the community as such a practitioner.  Literary critics constantly debate one another concerning whether criticism belongs to the realm of the political, remains…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #93.2: Pragmatism

General Introduction – Where’s Grubbs? – A programming note – Listener feedback C.S. Peirce – What do our sentences mean? – Synthesizing physical phenomena – Peirce as Father of Analytic Philosophy – The scientific method – Meaninglessness and falsity – His many systems William James – What makes philosophy “true”? – Ethical and aesthetic enjoyment…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #86: Chess

General Introduction – Facebook official – No listener feedback—so write us! – The Christian Dilettante Podcast Our Own Experience With Chess – Michial’s great victory – David’s Duplo set – On losing to children – The aesthetics of chess – Battle Chess – Nathan the would-be grandmaster The Chess Manual: A History – But first,…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #79: The Doctor Is In!

General Introduction – Welcome back! – A hot Minnesota August – Nathan’s premature semester – Looking forward to David’s J-Term – Prolegomena to Rock – Listener feedback – Can we get Nathan to rap? – Like us on Facebook Explain the Encyclopedia – A long ride on an elevator – Introduction to Contemporary Christian Theology…

The Christian Humanist, Episode #75: Ante-Dante

General Introduction – Disappointing David Grubbs – Listener feedback – Stroking and broking the ego – (Yeah, my math is off) – A correction – Theologico et Ratio Translations – Old Lady Sayers – End notes, not footnotes – Reproducing rhyme and meter – Ciardi’s middle ground – Musa, king of Dante – Wikipedia as…

Link Elephants on Parade

How Moby-Dick prefigures Nietzsche. Alasdair Macintyre criticizes Research-I universities for not really being universities. Jay Bennet, Super-Calvinist, says, “Get the Christ out of Christmas!” A Message from your University President (parody or prophecy?) James K.A. Smith on the Secularization of Thanksgiving (a couple weeks late) John Milbank connects the secular, mediation, and the global Pentecostal…