Hermeneutics

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 [...]

Violence and “Religion”

It's been almost a year now since Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker published his 700+ page book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: the Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes. As the title implies, Pinker's optimistic thesis is that the large-scale violence which permeates human history is finally on its way out. The reason? Reason. Thanks to a steady [...]

Strauss, Gadamer, and the Problem of Relativism

Conservative political theorist Paul Gottfried has sparked new interest in the work of the controversial Leo Strauss in his new book, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal. Gottfried, who has been respectfully critical of Strauss throughout his career, notes that a driving influence behind his project is his critique of "relativism". [...]

The Exhaustion of Secularism pt. 2 – Faith Seeking Understanding

As we discussed in the previous post, in Western society we have committed a philosophical error in the way we describe the nature of reason which had led to the false claim of the triumph of secularism. The failure of secularism comes in its assumption that knowledge is neutral, dispassionate, and without perspective. Knowledge is [...]

Everything is a text; everything is Interpretation

There have been studies done with blind people who have regained their sight and the interesting reaction they have to a world they can now see with a part of their body they had not had access to before. "I don't have the stats ready to hand, but the source is reliable (Mark Taverner of [...]

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