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Listening to the past December 6, 2009

Posted by Andy in Idea History, philosophy, theology.
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I feel duty bound to share the information that some wonderful people have seen fit to record complete readings of two of the most elegantly written books in Western philosophy, namely Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Augustine’s Confessions.

These two books are examples of how well humans can think. I have at times attempted to emulate their style, and failed drastically. It takes more than a mere decision. They are also models that demonstrate the principle that style and content can not be separated.

Cheers Librivox!

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Lecture 5: Arts of Existence March 18, 2009

Posted by Andy in Foucault, Le Courage de la Vérité.
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Foucault’s fifth lecture is an excellent example of how surprising it can be to read his stuff. There are three parts to it: first he wraps up Laches, then he introduces Cynic philosophy, and finally sketches out some of the ways this school can be detected in European history. It’s surprising because it involves discussion of Gregory of Nazianzen, the aesthetics of existence, Paul Tillich, the modern revolutionary, Dostoevsky, Christian spirituality and suicide bombers. (more…)

Lecture 2: Parrhesia in democracy and autocracy March 7, 2009

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The second lecture continues Foucault’s analysis of parrhesia, and takes into consideration the political context. Parrhesia is argued to be suited to monarchies rather than democracies, and in its relation to the prince, its essential character is to be found. He starts off with some reflections on democracy, and curiously ends up with an almost Trinitarian-shaped account of philosophy. (more…)

Birthday November 1, 2007

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Today is my birthday. I am celebrating by reading book 11 of Augustine’s City of God, and going to a reading group to read out Greek texts (Theophilus of Antioch and perhaps the Shepherd of Hermas) loud and discuss them with reference to the Trinitarian roots of Sofia and Logos, as found in the Old Testament and discussed in the Arian controversy.

I’m such a nerd…

Revolting Theology October 29, 2007

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I get depressed when I hear radical theologians. It’s not that I think they’re fundamentally wrong, or want to criticise their anger and frustration. I just get depressed at how very few ways of thinking they can resort to.

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The City of God October 27, 2007

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Here comes my contribution to our reading group on Augustine’s city of God, taking place in the department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham.

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