Monthly Archives: February 2018

Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 7: NEGLIGENT PRINCES

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** NEGLIGENT PRINCES *** Negligent Princes Must take care of soul, subjects Neglected duty *** NOTE: Sordello shows Dante and Virgil several negligent rulers in a dell. Most of the rulers neglected taking care of their souls … Continue reading

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NOTES on Walter T. Stace (1886-1967): A Critic of Ethical Relativism

The Ethical Question The ethical question that all of us ask is, What ought I to do? This question assumes that “good” and “bad” are objective — that is, “good” and “bad” are not a matter of personal opinion or … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 7: Day and Night

Earth Seen from Moon By Project Apollo Archive (AS11-44-6555) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons *** DAY AND NIGHT *** Souls can move freely Anywhere they want only During daylight hours *** During hours of night Souls cannot climb higher They … Continue reading

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NOTES on M. J. Herskovits (1895-1963): An Ethical Relativist

Melville Jean Herskovits is an anthropologist who was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1895, and who died in 1963. He believed in cultural relativism; that is, he believed that good and bad, right and wrong, are relative according to the … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 7: Sordello and Virgil

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** SORDELLO AND VIRGIL *** Virgil the poet The glory of the Romans Is hero-worshipped *** NOTE: Sordello, who is a poet, hero-worships Virgil, the great Roman poet who wrote the Aeneid. This is actually a fault. … Continue reading

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NOTES on Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980): I Am Free

Photo: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre attended the ceremony of 6th Anniversary of Founding of Communist China in Beijing on 1 October 1955 in Tiananmen square. (Public Domain, via Wiki Commons) Jean-Paul Sartre is a strong advocate of human … Continue reading

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Winter’s Kiss — Sara in LaLaLand

Winter’s Kiss… Gentle, Harsh. Gracefully falling, Barely kissing the ground. Diamond dust, Sparkling white. Brings me to the comfort of home, Wrapped up warm. Watching from afar, Dreaming of dancing, In the stunning cold. Safe and sound, To watch the … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 6: BAD FACTIONALISM

https://pixabay.com/en/dilapidated-room-house-disrepair-983952/ *** BAD FACTIONALISM *** Bad factionalism Factions kick each other out Laws are often changed *** NOTE: Dante criticizes Florence and Italy because of bad factionalism. Florence and Italy should both be at peace, but because of bad factionalism … Continue reading

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NOTES on Richard Taylor (1919-2003): Freedom and Determinism

https://pixabay.com/en/choice-select-decide-decision-vote-2692575/ One philosophical problem that has personally given me fits is that of freedom and determinism. One way to define determinism is that according to determinism, all events are caused. The American philosopher Brand Blanshard defines it more precisely as … Continue reading

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“Frankly, the United States is under attack” — Art of Quotation

“Frankly, the United States is under attack” source: NBC News – Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here Daniel Coats, director United States National Intelligence via “Frankly, the United States is under attack” — Art of Quotation

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