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Ordering the good

January 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“There are three orders of good ; viz. that which is imparticipable and superessential ; that which is imparticipable and essential ; and that which is essential and participable. Of these, the last is such as our nature contains; the good which ranks among forms is essential; and that which is beyond essence is superessential. […]

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You don’t say

January 9th, 2018 · No Comments

“The human race is imbecile, and of small estimation, sees but a little, and possesses a connascent nothingness; and the only remedy of its inherent error, perturbation, and unstable mutation, is its participation, as much as possible, of a certain portion of divine light.” – Iamblichus, On the Mysteries (trans. Thomas Taylor)

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No telling what they may choose

January 8th, 2018 · No Comments

“Since the ignorance of, and deception about, divine natures is impiety and impurity, but a scientific knowledge of the Gods is holy and beneficial, the ignorance of things honourable and beautiful will be darkness, but the knowledge of them will be light. And the former, indeed, will fill men with all evils, through the want […]

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Singing in the sun

January 7th, 2018 · No Comments

“The sunflower moves to the extent that it is free to move, and in its rotation, if we could hear the sound of the air buffeted by its movement, we should be aware that it is a hymn to its king, such as it is within the power of a plant to sing.” – Proclus, […]

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The crown jewels

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Stars, darkness, a lamp, a phantom, a dew, a bubble; A dream, a flash of lightning, and a cloud: Thus should we look upon the world. – from The Diamond Sutra

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What a piece of work

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“How small a part of the boundless and unfathomable time is assigned to every man? for it is very soon swallowed up in the eternal. And how small a part of the whole substance? and how small a part of the universal soul? and on what a small clod of the whole earth you creep? […]

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The extent of it

June 16th, 2017 · No Comments

“Life is short, the arts long, opportunity fleeting, experience fallacious, judgment difficult.” – Hippocrates of Kos

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One and the same

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“The God of Plato and Aristotle, of Plotinus and Augustine, of Aquinas and Bonaventure, of Newman and C. S. Lewis; the eternal immutable, infinite, ubiquitous, omnipotent, omniscient Supreme Being, Unmoved Mover, ens realissimum, whose existence is identical with His essence and who is without body, parts, or passions, is one of the sublimest achievements of […]

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Tags: Aristotle · Friedrich Nietzsche · George Scialabba · Lit & Crit · Plato

But you can be president

December 28th, 2016 · No Comments

“If you do not know where you come from, you will always be a child.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Let those who have ears, hear

December 11th, 2016 · No Comments

“An America darkened by ignorant and bigoted religiosity cannot hear too often about the plucky, gloriously open-minded rationalists who launched Western civilization in 5th-century Athens.” – George Scialabba, “Apologies to Thucydides”

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Transcendence must transcend

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments

“God’s Word is no longer grace, and grace itself is no longer grace, if we ascribe to man a predisposition towards this Word, a possibility of knowledge regarding it, that is intrinsically and independently native to him.” – Karl Barth, The Church Dogmatics

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Call me lucky

April 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” – Ecclesiastes 9:11

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Stepping up

January 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

“I know nothing I could call my own if the will by which I will ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ is not my own. If I use it to do evil, to whom is the evil to be attributed if not to myself?” – Augustine of Hippo, On Free Will (trans. Burleigh)

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This well belongs to all the people

January 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

“However great and important the virtues may be, we know well enough that they are not common property, but the property of each individual man. Truth and wisdom are common to all, and all wise men are also happy by cleaving to truth.  But one man does not become happy by another’s happiness. If one […]

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…or we can watch Fox News

January 1st, 2014 · No Comments

“Caution is the best guard of tranquility. It is the most difficult thing in the world not to be upset when opinions which we hold, and to which we have given a too ready and too willful approval, are shattered by contrary arguments and are, as it were, weapons torn from our hands. It is […]

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An enduring way of doing it

December 31st, 2013 · No Comments

“Homer would appear to be divinely inspired in comparison with other poets; he did not attempt to make a poem out of the whole Trojan War even though the war had a beginning and an end, for it would have become too big to be easily seen as a whole, or, even if moderated in […]

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A human trinity

December 29th, 2013 · No Comments

“In every state there are three parts: the very rich, the very poor, and the middle class. So since it is agreed that the best and the mean is that which is moderate, it is evident that the best possession of goods which comes from fortune, too, is the one which is moderate, for this […]

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Twisties

December 28th, 2013 · No Comments

“Since those who are equal in one respect only should not share equally in all respects and those who are unequal in one respect should not share unequally in all respects, such forms of government which violate this principle are of necessity perversions.” – Aristotle, Politics, Book III (trans. Apostle and Gerson)

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Certain civic necessities

December 27th, 2013 · No Comments

“Without wealth and freedom a state cannot be managed at all, and without justice and military virtue it cannot be managed well.” – Aristotle, Politics, Book III (trans. Apostle and Gerson)

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Teach your children well

December 26th, 2013 · No Comments

“The nurture and pursuits of the young should be regulated by laws, for when they become habitual they are not painful. Getting the right nurture and care while young, however, is perhaps not sufficient; but since young men should pursue and be habituated to these also when they have become adults, laws would be needed […]

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They are few and evil and we allow them to be ours

December 24th, 2013 · No Comments

“Aristocracy passes over into oligarchy by the badness of the rulers, who distribute the goods of the state in violation of merit, taking most or all of the goods for themselves, and paying attention to wealth most of all. Accordingly, these rulers are few and evil, instead of being the most equitable.” – Aristotle, Nicomachean […]

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Friending is virtual, befriending is real

December 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

“Friendship is a virtue or something with virtue, and, besides, it is most necessary to life; for no one would choose to live without friends, though he were to have all the other goods. Also those who possess wealth or have acquired authority or power are thought to need friends most of all; for of […]

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What justice is, in case anyone’s forgotten

December 20th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Justice is a disposition in virtue of which the just man is said to be disposed by intention to do what is just and to make a distribution, either between himself and another or between others, not so as to get more of what is choiceworthy for himself and to give less of it to […]

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Train ’em

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

“Of things which come to us by nature, we first bring along the powers and later exhibit the corresponding activities. This indeed is clear in the case of sensations; for it is not by seeing often or hearing often that we acquired the corresponding power of sensation, but conversely: we used the power after we […]

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The hard and the soft of it

December 17th, 2013 · No Comments

“The investigation of truth is in one sense difficult, in another easy. A sign of this is the fact that neither can one attain it adequately, nor do all fail, but each says something about the nature of things; and while each of us contributes nothing or little to the truth, a considerable amount of […]

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It does seem to exist when one is late

December 13th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“That time is either altogether nonexistent, or that it exists but hardly or obscurely, might be suspected from the following: One part of it has come to be but no longer exists; the other part will be but does not yet exist; and it is of these two parts that infinite time, or any time […]

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Getting things in the proper order

December 9th, 2013 · No Comments

“Nothing can be more true than scientific knowledge except intuition.” – Aristotle, Posterior Analytics, Book II (trans. Apostle and Gerson)

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A paraphrase

November 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children, even unto the third and fourth generations. (Exodus 34:7)

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Our freedom is in our ignorance

June 27th, 2013 · No Comments

“It behoveth thee not to grieve for that which must happen: for who can avert, by his wisdom, the decrees of fate?  No one can leave the  way marked out for him by Providence.  Existence and non-existence, pleasure and pain all have Time for their root.  Time createth all things and Time destroyeth all creatures.  […]

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Nice blend

June 26th, 2013 · No Comments

“There are in all nine virtues, and when we say that a man possesses these virtues it is as much as to say that he begins to do such and such things. They are liberality combined with dignity, mildness combined with firmness, bluntness combined with respect, aptness for government combined with caution, docility combined with […]

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