Posts Tagged ‘Philosophy’

Worlds Apart

I am a father and a philosopher. This is not necessarily an unusual combination, but it does give me a range of interests that spans two rather distinctive worlds. I am interested in the family, its challenges and rewards, its hard work and its joyful celebrations. As a philosopher, I am interested in an array of ideas that range from the reasonable to the ridiculous, from the inspirational to the absurd.

I was...

Unitive and Procreative: What is Marriage? Part II

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles to explore the American Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Read Part I here, Part III here, Part IV here, and Part V here.

Aristotle, the great philosopher of ancient Greece, in his Politics, makes something of a romantic statement (for those who know him, something...

The Philosophy Teacher’s Dilemma

The words “aging” and “maturing,” when applied to wine, mean the same thing. Such is not the case with human beings. It is possible for them to age without maturing. Growing older does not mean growing wiser. Sigmund Freud viewed immaturity as the inability to postpone gratification. This is a reasonable and useful rule of thumb.

The immature person wants the rewards without going through the trouble of earning them. The philosophy teacher’s...

There is no Heaven on Earth

Nikos Kazantzakis is best known for Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opusThe Last Temptation of Christ and The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel brought him additional fame and solidified his literary reputation. He narrowly missed receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, losing to Albert Camus in 1957 by a single vote. On his tombstone on the island of Crete, his birthplace, are inscribed these words: “I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”

These are bold...