Fans of Edith Stein can hold back only so long before giving in to reading her mentor and greatest philosophical influencer, Edmund Husserl. "Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking," stated Edith. In order to understand the mind of Edith Stein, which is precisely what we aim to do, we first must understand the mind of… Continue reading “Edmund Husserl formed my philosophical thinking,” stated Edith Stein.
More than a decade ago, as the earliest shoots of my writing broke through the ground, I described what I was about to say as a journey on a trail. I was making the point that the subjective nature of my own experience did not contradict the objective nature of the road itself. I explained… Continue reading Thank you Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Edith Stein continues to be my refuge in the philosophical storm raging on us from the modern world. She is my mentor. One can fight the raging fire of Nietzsche, the presumptuous Spirit of Hegel, or the depressing Utopia of Marx only for so long before needing proper sustenance. I was delighted (as I quite… Continue reading We reach God, she says, not only through faith and contemplation but ‘by thinking’
I just downloaded Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy. The work was written in the 6th century while Boethius was imprisoned by the Arian Emperor Theodoric The Great. It is perhaps the most influential philosophical work of the Middle Ages (the "zeitgeist" in which I live, if you're into that terminology). The patroness of my rational… Continue reading Lady Philosophy
Some time ago I mentioned that despite his antiChrist views, Nietzsche would be my choice for a dinner guest over any other modern era philosopher. He speaks in almost exasperated tones of The Will to Power; however, I see a man who in all reality has more of a "Will to Seek" than a Will… Continue reading Nietzsche wants the Kingdom of Heaven but soars instead under the sun and into the void.
Nietzsche as interpreted in the play, St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother. In his poignant criticism of Christians, Nietzsche makes a stunning point, one that we Christians often prefer to minimize as we point our fingers at others, pronouncing the nearness of their doom should they not also follow the Creed. The playwright places this… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and the pastoral approach of the Post Vatican II Church
The quote below is the single most intriguing statement I have ever read when reflecting on the post-Vatican II world. I have never thought the idea and original intent of Vatican II to be bad; I only have recognized the obvious that everything went really badly after Vatican II. Sure, one knows a tree by… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Vatican II
I forgot to mention that St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother, a play written by a Carmelite nun, is underscored by Gustav Mahler's 10th symphony. The play follows five movements accompanied by Mahler. I always liked Mahler but have not listened to him for a decade or more. At the time I liked him but… Continue reading St. Thérèse and Gustav Mahler’s 10th Symphony
I forgot to mention that St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother, a play written by a Carmelite nun, is underscored by Gustav Mahler's 10th symphony. The play follows five movements accompanied by Mahler. I always liked Mahler but have not listened to him for a decade or more. At the time I liked him but… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Mahler
When I began my philosophy challenge back in September, I did not do it simply to try to be smart about such things. I did it for very practical reasons, one of which was to forge ahead on my own life's journey. I knew what to believe but remained fascinated with how we come to… Continue reading St Thérèse – Nietzsche is my brother