An Attempt To Address The “Is – Ought” Problem

Since the time of David Hume and perhaps earlier, it has been often argued that one may not to conclude from the nature of the thing to the natural laws about its existence. This had a very unfortunate consequences for ethical naturalists, who claim that morality of human acts is essentially rooted in the nature … More An Attempt To Address The “Is – Ought” Problem

Batman v Superman: Exhausted Liberalism

In part II of Zack Snyder’s extended “Superman” origin story, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, an influential US Senator declares to the Man of Steel “In a democracy ‘good’ is a conversation, not a unilateral decision.” Allusions to Hillary Clinton and her “Let’s Have A Conversation” catchphrase aside, the presentation of this dialogue in … More Batman v Superman: Exhausted Liberalism

A Response to an Objection to Obeying the Lenten Law of Abstinence

On one Ash Wednesday over the last few years, I noticed a fellow Catholic was preparing to eat meat, and asked him if he realized it was Ash Wednesday; this Catholic then – rightly – did away with his plans to eat this meat. Someone nearby then suggested that abstaining from meat was silly, by … More A Response to an Objection to Obeying the Lenten Law of Abstinence

Does Cartesian “Cogito” Render Individual Beatific Vision Impossible?

A claim that there is no truth implies contradiction in itself. Similarly, a systematic doubt has  its own indubitable foundation, namely the doubting subject. For René Descartes doubting is a mode of thinking. The one who is thinking certainly exists. In fact ‘cogito ergo sum’ is one of the easiest ‘valid’ existential inferences. In case … More Does Cartesian “Cogito” Render Individual Beatific Vision Impossible?

Answers to Unasked Questions: The Lesson of the Pair of Glasses

Just the other day, I realized that one of the ear guards that was supposed to be attached to the end of one of the temples of my pair of glasses had gone missing. Looking back, it seems to me I had realized in some inchoate way over the last few days that something about … More Answers to Unasked Questions: The Lesson of the Pair of Glasses

Why Sodom was Fire-and-Brimstone-ed: Clearing Up a Misconception

Then the men said to Lot, “Have you any one else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or any one you have in the city, bring them out of the place; for we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us … More Why Sodom was Fire-and-Brimstone-ed: Clearing Up a Misconception

A Reflection on the Exasperating Ending to Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’

I don’t know about my readers, but I’ve found the ending of Carl Orff’s musical setting for O Fortuna to be exasperating. The poem itself – last in the collection of poems called Carmina Burana – decries and bemoans the cruelty of the apparent reality of fate, recognizing at the same time the futility of any … More A Reflection on the Exasperating Ending to Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’