The Dialectics of Labor (Part 2)

"What is the nature of labor, and why is it essential to start there in the study of man? In Capital Marx says the following:  'To know what is useful for a dog, one must study dog-nature.  This nature itself is not to be deduced from the...

The Dialectics of Labor (Part 1)

"Most of the debate over the relationship between 'the early', 'the middle' and 'the mature' Marx, overlooks the centrality of Marx's ontological assumptions. Many of the political and polemical writings on Marx have rooted themselves in ...

Scientism

"Men are not so afraid of science as of scientism; they fear intellectual insensitivity, a lack of respect for all the rough edges, angles, and idiosyncrasies of human life as they have come to know it.  They fear a ruthless justice that has no...

The Dialectics of Labor (Part 3)

"Yet even when we accept the dialectic of labor our problems are not resolved, for the next question is how do we analyze concrete reality from these assumptions.  In the same context Lukács says: 'Therefore, the problem which emerges here is...

Argument

"It is very difficult for us to follow an argument in which another person uses our favorite words in a pejorative way, and our damning words with favor." -- Michael Novak, Belief and Unbelief: A Philosophy of Self-Knowledge, 1965        ...

Philosophy and Decision

"Philosophy begins with a decision.  To decide who I am is to decide what I think knowing is.  And to decide what I think knowing is, is to determine the content and the limits of what I will know.  Could I understand my understanding correctly,...

God and Human Life

"God, if we understand him aright, makes sense of our human life, and I doubt if we could make much sense of it apart from him." -- John Macquarrie, God and Secularity, 1967                                                      ...

Intelligent Subjectivity

"It is by intelligent subjectivity that one chooses a world view, or a life policy, or even to take this concrete line of action rather than that other equally plausible line; at least it is so when we 'know what we are doing'. [quoting Stuart...

Demythologization of Scripture and Dehellenization of Dogma

"The integration of theism with today's everyday experience requires not merely the demythologization of Scripture but the more comprehensive dehellenization of dogma, and specifically that of the Christian doctrine of God.  Dehellenization may...

Critical Social Theory: Diagnosis Without Prognosis

"At the end of One-Dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse saw only one chance of revolutionary protest and that was 'nothing but a chance'.  The chance was that 'the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other...

Libertarian Democracy

The objective of libertarian democracy is to make freedom more general and democracy more democratic.                          

Socialism Has Failed

"Socialism has failed." -- Max Forrester Eastman, Reflections on the Failure of Socialism, 1955                                                     

Faith

"Faith is obedience, nothing else." -- Heinrich Emil Brunner (1889 – 1966, Swiss Protestant (Reformed) theologian)                                                    

Failure

"Failure is the path of least persistence." -- Anonymous                                                                               

The Jews and Jesus

"The Jews of the first century had expected a Messiah robed in glory and possessed of power.  But when Jesus lay in a manger and hung on a cross, they could not see in him the presence of God." -- David O. Woodyard, Living Without God -...

Women and the Priesthood

"If women were capable of the priesthood, the Church would not have deprived them of this grace for so many centuries." -- Charles Boyer (1899 – 1978, French actor)                                                                         

The Industrial Revolution and the Existentialist Revolt

"With the industrial revolution of the 19th century came vast factories, the modern metropolis, the modern suburb, the modern war.  All of us enjoy its benefits and breathe its spirit.  We also carry its burden. "One example shows the point.  A new...

Christianity and Dogma

"Christianity is not indissolubly wedded to its original (or to any given) conceptual form of its dogmas." -- Leslie Dewart, The Future of Belief: Theism in a World Come of Age, 1966                                                        ...

God's Distance

"Our dominant experience is of God's absence, of His distance.  For our time, the distance of God may be something He wishes us to learn." -- Wystan Hugh Auden (W. H. Auden, 1907 – 1973, Anglo-American poet)                                ...

Threats to the Subjective and Existent Self

In his 1959 book, The Existentialist Posture, Roger Lincoln Shinn lists four threats to the human self: (1) Man is a computer.  (2) Man is a comfort seeker.  (3) Man is a gadget on the assembly line.  (4) Man is an animal.  These ideas, these images...

Thinking In Color

"It is time to move beyond black and white and to start thinking in color." -- Walter Kaufmann, Existentialism, Religion, and Death: Thirteen Essays, 1976                                                   

God's Absence

"I do not deny God.  I state his absence.  Here is the problem of our world." -- Martin Heidegger (1889 – 1976, German existentialist)                                                   

Know Yourself

"The primary emphasis in the discipline of philosophy does not fall upon logical relationships between propositions, or the defining and establishing of terms.  The enunciation of a system of propositions is at best secondary to philosophy.  The...

The Nature of Wealth

"Not the least important of our modern issues is the unconscious tug-of-war between the advocates of individual wealth, in the form of exchange values, on the one hand, and the proponents of socially held wealth on the other.  Is a country...

Judaism and Christianity

"Judaism is a religion of ideals, Christianity, of an ideal person." -- Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864–1935, British theologian and scholar)