Archive Nota Bene Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

Leon Wieseltier Critiques Scientism

Writing recently in The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier gives a very worthy critique of “scientism,” while explaining what a humanist should and does think of science itself. This essay is interesting because it represents something of an “old left” point of view (which, ironically, has a lot in common with an “old right” point of view), […]

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The Science of Dr Nagel

Dr Thomas Nagel’s excellent Mind and Cosmos is, predictably, being denounced by Darwinist inquisitors. Dr Nagel’s new work was bound to provoke a reaction, since it attacks the very foundations of the N.I.C.E. régime, the supposition that reality is constituted of purely material elements and that mind is an epiphenomenon reducible to matter. The soft […]

Archive Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

The Inability of Parascientific Literature

Assuming that there is indeed a modern malaise, one contributing factor might be the exclusion of the felt life of the mind from the accounts of reality proposed by the oddly authoritative and deeply influential parascientific literature that has long associated itself with intellectual progress, and the exclusion of felt life from the varieties of […]

Archive Civic Polity Philosophy Steven Wedgeworth

Our Faith Informs Us in Everything We Do

The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik is a thoughtful and entertaining writer, frequently offering intelligent, searching, and even helpful essays. It is precisely because of this that we were so disappointed by his latest piece on what scares him about religiously-informed politics. In it, Mr. Gopnik gives his view of secularism, American history, and the primacy of science, […]