Sunday, May 29, 2011

CB was talking to Sarge and he recommended 3 faculty members over at UST: Randall Smith, John Hittinger, and Steven Jensen. Perhaps I had forgotten that Hittinger was no longer at the Air Force Academy. I was surprised by his praise of Steven Jensen -- I remember the controversies over the moral object, and I thought he had not prevailed against his opponents (especially in his discussion of self-defense killing). Then again, it has been a while since I read his stuff; would his recent book be worth the price?

Two from Public Discourse

What’s Good? Wherefore Ought?
Thaddeus J. Kozinski, May 11, 2011
Only an ethics rooted in the divinely revealed truth of creation-as-gift and creator-as-love can coherently and adequately make sense of the universal experience of ought.

Thoughts About Oughts
Christopher O. Tollefsen, May 13, 2011
The requirements of natural reason in the pursuit of goods provide a more adequate starting point for moral reflection than the theological considerations in which moral reflection should come to its fruition.
Someone needs to record a better version of O Spem Miram and put it online.

The liturgy for the ordination yesterday was generally acceptable to my tastes, but my friend was left yearning for the old rite.