Thursday, September 30, 2004

E Vivis Discessit: Norman Frank Cantor (1930 - 2004)

The most well-known American medievalist whose The Civilization of the Middle Ages and Medieval Reader, among others, provide an excellent glimpse into western medieval world. He will be missed. Fxs

Sunday, September 26, 2004

"The Noblest and Most Lovable of the Great Philosophers" Proposes

"We know nothing to be certainly good or evil, save such things as really conduce to understanding, or such as are able to hinder us from understanding."

- Ethics Part IV, Prop. XVII (Elwes translation).

Or such who refuse to have understanding, as in the examples of our belligerently incompetent leaders in the White House and the zealous partisan flocks from all sides who, having neither penchant nor capacity for critical thinking, readily embrace and swallow rethoric and demagoguery en masse, unchewed and undigested.

What an unsettling world we live in. Fxs