The Academy

Gadamer, Aquinas and the Relationship between Being and Truth.

It is not accidental that the final section of Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method explicitly identifies the intimate relationship between the so-called “transcendentals”, being and truth, as a tragic loss in the modern age. As transcendentals, being and truth are the conditions of possibility for ancient and medieval metaphysics and epistemology, respectively. In a well-known [...]

Gadamer and Austrian Economics: The Hermeneutics Debate Revisited

Over the past couple of years I’ve been very grateful to participate in various events with the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C. Although the IHS does stand in a particular tradition of economic thought (they claim the label “classical liberal,” but use the term rather loosely), they organize what I think are some [...]

Habermas’ Idea of Public Debate and the Problem of Neutrality (pt. 2)

religion and neutrality

The following series is by Andre Costa, graduate student at Trinity Western University and contributor to The Humanist Lens. Andre’s research has to do primarily with political, historical and philosophical problems in the contemporary liberal democratic state and its difficult relationship to Christian commitment. In this piece, he sketches Habermas’ unique understanding of the secularization process.  Habermas has an ambiguous relationship to [...]

Habermas’ Idea of Public Debate and the Problem of Neutrality (pt. 1)

Jurgen Habermas

The following series is by Andre Costa, graduate student at Trinity Western University and contributor to The Humanist Lens. Andre’s research has to do primarily with political, historical and philosophical problems in the contemporary liberal democratic state and its difficult relationship to Christian commitment. In this piece, he offers a critique of the political theory [...]

Torrance Kirby on the Sacramental Ontology of the English Reformers

On March 4th, Professor Torrance Kirby of McGill University delivered a wonderful lecture on the sacramental ontology of the English reformers in the middle of the sixteenth century. The issue of interest was the nature of the relationship between signum and res significata the sign and the thing signified in the Eucharist: How are we to understand [...]

CBC’s “The Myth of the Secular”

This past fall, CBC ran a wonderful seven-part podcast series called “The Myth of the Secular.” The series, driven by interviews with scholars from various disciplines, hits on themes important to The Humanist Lens, such as: the positive role of religion in the public sphere, secularism as a contingent cultural phenomenon, and the resurgence of [...]

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