- What Is Islam? The importance of being Islamic, by Shahab Ahmed
- The Islamic Enlightenment: The modern struggle between faith and reason, by Christopher de Bellaigue
- Islam: The essentials, by Tariq Ramadan
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
"Go to Inside Higher Ed, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, or read reports from Harvard University and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and you will discover that the humanities are in decline. Enrollments and majors continue to plummet.
"But humanities professors themselves, like a delicatessen owner selling spoiled meat and blaming business failure on the vulgarization of consumer taste, fault their students. 'All they care about is money,' they complain. 'Twitter has reduced their attention span to that of a pithed frog.'
We tell a different story. For decades, literature professors have argued that there is no such thing as 'great literature' but only things called great literature because hegemonic forces of oppression have mystified us into believing in objective greatness."
Friday, June 16, 2017
"In 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Jordan Ellenberg invented the so-called 'Hawking Index,' which uses Amazon e-book highlights data as a proxy for where people stop reading the books they’ve purchased. Some people use the highlight function on the devices and apps, and the unscientific-but-workable 'Hawking Index' uses the assumption that if the most-highlighted passages are clustered at the beginning of the book, the book is more likely to have been abandoned. (The name refers to Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, which is ranked up with Ulysses for the dubious title of 'most unread book of all time.')"P.S. Based on my own experience, I don't recommend taking on the Great Slogs. If something well-regarded but shorter by the same author is an option, read that.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
"The aim of Immanuel Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals is to ascertain and justify the categorical imperative. I will concentrate on the third part of the Groundwork. Here, Kant wants to show why the categorical imperative is binding for us. The purpose of this part of the Groundwork is to show that we have the faculty of practical reasoning—that we are able to establish ends independent of sensual impulses."
Thursday, June 8, 2017
(Posted retroactively) for Center co-founder Max Weismann's birthday, regarding his favorite restaurant.
According to Wikipedia,
"Special lyrics were written for Judy Garland's version of the 1922 Fred Fischer song 'Chicago (That Toddling Town)'"as in her performance on this video at YouTube.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
This resource is still on our website, but you might have missed it. Here's the link.
I'm always tempted to call it The AdlerOn.
P.S. The B&N link no longer works.
Friday, May 26, 2017
"You might call it thievery. I call it drawing on a diet of three thousand years; anything short of that would be living from hand to mouth."(via Jokim Schnoebbe at Great Conversation Reading Group)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Peter Augustine Lawler with a reconsideration of The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom, at The Public Discourse.
Professor Lawler's death overnight has been reported by Hometown Headlines.
Monday, May 22, 2017
"On whose side is St. Augustine of Hippo in the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry? In his four Cassiciacum dialogues, Augustine obviously favors the former, but his rhapsodic use of poetry in the dialogues—and indeed his own poetics in crafting these works—point to a more complicated attitude than is initially apparent. This essay offers an overview of the conflict between philosophy and poetry in Plato’s Republic, establishes the reemergence of that conflict in Augustine’s four earliest dialogues, and explores Augustine’s somewhat surprising solution."
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Applications are due by .
38th Annual Conference, Center for Medieval Studies
, Lincoln Center Campus
Abstracts accepted until
Special Note: Tim O’Donnell reports that The Catholic Cave plans to organize a panel interview session at the July, Huntington World Congress!
This workshop is co-sponsored by The Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary College, and the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture.
Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, there is arguably a crisis of democracy: not only has the transition from totalitarian communism failed to bring about liberal market capitalism, but politics in mature democracies has been becoming post-democratic. Models of authoritarianism and state capitalism are spreading in different parts of the world, while countries with long-standing democratic traditions are characterized by a rejection of the political mainstream and a turn to extremes on the far left or the far right.
Abstracts for this conference will only be accepted from current Telos-Paul Piccone Institute members. In order to become a member, please visit our membership enrollment page. Telos-Paul Piccone Institute memberships are valid until the end of the annual New York City conference.
Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit a 250-word abstract along with a short c.v. to telosmoscow@telosinstitute.
Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives
The 2018 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference
New York, NY
Organized by Xudong Zhang (International Center for Critical Theory and New York University) and David Pan (Telos-Paul Piccone Institute and the University of California, Irvine)
The International Center for Critical Theory and the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute will jointly host a conference entitled "Constitutional Theory as Cultural Problem: Global Perspectives," to be held at New York University, New York, from January 19–21, 2018.
If you are interested in participating, please submit a 200-word abstract along with a short c.v. to telosnyc2018@telosinstitute