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The Ecclesiastical Structure of Protestantism

A ubiquitous criticism of Protestants, typically coming from supposed “high-church” thinkers, is that it cannot secure proper church unity. Of course, disputable and objectionable definitions are always smuggled in under cover of the always equivocated-upon terms “church” and “unity.” If such unity is measured by the standard of clerical and institutional hierarchy, then the verdict is […]

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Cicero on Nature and Wisdom

An excerpt from Cicero’s De finibus bonorum et malorum (On the ends of goods and evils) on how Wisdom relates to Nature: Ut Phidias potest a primo instituere signum idque perficere, potest ab alio inchoatum accipere et absolvere, huic est sapientia similis; non enim ipsa genuit hominem, sed accepit a natura inchoatum. Hanc ergo intuens debet institutum […]

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What is Realism?

The starting point of the theory of knowledge ought to be ordinary daily experience, the universal and natural certainty of human beings concerning the objectivity and truth of their knowledge. After all, it is not philosophy that creates the cognitive faculty and cognition. Philosophy only finds it and then attempts to explain it. Any solution […]

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Archive Civic Polity Economics Nota Bene Peter Escalante

The Opiates of Magical Deliverance

John Gray at NYRB, reviewing Sperber’s new biography of Marx: The programs of “free market conservatives,” who aim to dismantle regulatory restraints on the workings of market forces while conserving or restoring traditional patterns of family life and social order, depend on the assumption that the impact of the market can be confined to the economy. […]

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Dr Milbank on Iron Ladies and Iron Cages

Wrong about the Reformation, as usual, but almost entirely right otherwise in his retrospective take on Mrs Thatcher here.

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The Freedom of Birds According to Weasels

The Onion, which might well be the United States’ most truthful news service, tells it like it is by the ancient device of the animal allegory.

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“This incredible, medieval monstrosity”

“Lousy bastard,” “monster,” and “abysmal scum” … a few of Ayn Rand’s judgments on C. S. Lewis for his arguments in The Abolition of Man. Somewhat more vituperative than the judgment of Dr Lewis’ Master by Rand’s master Mises, but proceeding from the same principles. And yet Mises and Hazlitt and Rand continue to be read as […]

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Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Whose Politics Are “Byzantine”?

Writing for The Guardian, Peter Frankopan believes that contrary to unflattering representations,  the old Byzantine Empire might have much to teach the modern EU, whose politics are really “Byzantine” in the pejorative sense, and run by a caste of men without chests even more than Byzantium was administered by eunuchs lacking other integral parts. Pointing […]