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Williams On Moral Philosophy and Christianity

  Bernard Williams, In the Beginning Was the Deed. Ed. Geoffrey Hawthorn. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. After one glass of bourbon, we agreed that our work consisted largely of reminding moral philosophers of truths about human life which are very well known to virtually all adult human beings except moral philosophers. After further glasses…

John Henry Newman’s Canonisation

Newman’s canonisation ceremony is set for 13 October 2019. See this article. One of my favorite books is his Grammar of Assent freely available here. Another is his philosophical novel Loss and Gain also freely available. Catholicismgrammar of assentidea of a universityJohn Henry NewmanLiberal educationloss and gainMichael OakeshottPhilosophy of Educationt. s. eliot

Baron Corvo aka Fr. Rolfe

Born on this date. If you appreciate the anarchic A Confederacy of Dunces you may well enjoy Rolfe’s super funny and outrageous novel Hadrian the Seventh. A classic in its own right is A. J. A. Symons’ biography of Rolfe, The Quest For Corvo. Below: Alec McCowen as Hadrian the Seventh, Mermaid Theatre, April 1968 winning his…

Art and Salvation: Review of Hooten Wilson’s Walker Percy

Here is my review in the Southern Literary Review of Jessica Hooten Wilson’s excellent two books (the original and my preferred version is here): Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence. The Ohio State University Press, 2017 Reading Walker Percy’s Novels. Louisiana State University Press, 2018 aestheticsCatholicismDostoyevskyjessica hooten wilsonphilosophical literatureWalker Percy