Saturday, March 24, 2012

So much to read

Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty is rather useful for someone studying the development of natural law theory and rights?

Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, The Principles of Natural and Politic Law [1747]
Samuel von Pufendorf, The Whole Duty of Man According to the Law of Nature [1673]
Hugo Grotius, The Rights of War and Peace (2005 ed.) 3 vols [1625]

American conservatives are supposed to be familiar with these texts; can they be harmonized with Catholic moral and political theology?

There are some other texts of the Scottish Enlightenment I should read...

Pufendorf condemning anger wholly: "ANGER is the most violent, as well as the most destructive of all the Passions, and is therefore to be resisted with our utmost Strength and Endeavour. It is so far from exciting Men’s Valour, and confirming their Constancy in Dangers, as some alledge, that it has a quite contrary Effect; for it is a Degree of Madness, it renders Men blind and desperate, and runs them headlong into their own Ruin."
Sacred Ambivalence: A Reflection on Remi Brague’s “Are Non-Theocratic Regimes Possible” by Thaddeus Kozinski

Yet, it is not clear that Christians can make complete peace with a thoroughly desacralized political order, though the Catholic Church has come a long way toward rapprochement from the time of Gregory XVI’s Mirari vos and Pius IX’s Syllabus of Errors. The question still remains, however, as to the limits an integrally Christian worldview places on full reconciliation with secular modernity and liberal democracy. According to St. Thomas, men cannot adequately understand in theory, let alone fulfill in practice, the detailed precepts of the natural law without the help of its author, God, and its divinely appointed interpreter, the Roman Catholic Church. With regard to a non-sacral foundation for political order, Thomist Joseph May in the 1950s stated: “The only true doctrine is that civil society cannot prescind from the ultimate end [emphasis mine] both because the temporal welfare implies an ordering to the spiritual and supernatural, and because the individual citizens are directly and positively bound to tend to it” And even Dignitatis Humanae insists that it “leaves untouched the traditional Catholic doctrine about the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and the one Church of Christ” (Sec. 1). As Pope John Paul II often reiterated, the face of Jesus Christ is the only true mirror in which man can fully and accurately contemplate and comprehend his own nature and destiny; thus, only therein can he discern the moral values and goods most perfective of himself and the political order.

How is temporal welfare defined by May? The ultimate end imperfectly realized here in this world, or some good different from the ultimate end but ordered to it? (Is it the same as the intrinsic common good of creation?)

The political common good = living [well] with others --> loving them truly, and not being an obstacle to their attainment of the ultimate end.
Angry Words By Tom Bartlett
Will one researcher's discovery deep in the Amazon destroy the foundation of modern linguistics?
The Dominicans have redesigned the look for their website. (And, another link to that missa cantata video.)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

James Chastek, Right and violence

He quotes the CE (the new one?): "Every perfect right, i.e. every right involving in others an obligation in justice a deference thereto, to be efficacious, and consequently a real and not an illusory power, carries with it at the last appeal the subsidiary right of coercion. A perfect right, then, implies the right of physical force…"
What Happened Before the Big Bang? The New Philosophy of Cosmology
Joseph G. Trabbic interviews Raymond Dennehy on two recently republished books by Jacques Maritain: The Return of Thomistic Political Philosophy, Part I and Part II

Exaltation of youth and technological progress

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor
The Conjugal Debt and Medieval Canon Law

What is the author's ultimate point of view on Church teaching on marriage? I hesitate to read what she writes.

New from Eighth Day Books

Orthodoxy: The Cosmos Transfigured by Paul Evdokimov

Monday, March 19, 2012

Archdiocese School of Byzantine Music - Arise O Lord

The Archdiocese School of Byzantine Music of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America presents Arise O Lord, from the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Sunday, May 8, 2011.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Princeton Theological Seminary: Theological Commons
The Mystery of Monasticism: History, Spirituality and Vocation
Galileo: Anti-Hero of Science

Discantus - Laetare Jerusalem

More from OUP

The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment by
Kurt T. Lash

Justice: A Reader by Michael J. Sandel

C. Vann Woodward

Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters by Jon Hall

New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin by Andrew L Sihler

When Dead Tongues Speak: Teaching Beginning Greek and Latin by John Gruber-Miller

Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries, Lexica, and Grammatical Treatises
From Their Beginnings to the Byzantine Period
Eleanor Dickey

From Gibbon to Auden
Essays on the Classical Tradition
G.W. Bowersock

Character Strengths and Virtues
A Handbook and Classification
Christopher Peterson, Martin E. P. Seligman

Psychology? Or ethics?
VIA Character: Welcome to the VIA Institute on Character
VIA Manual Intro
Byzantine chant - Απεστάλη εξ ουρανού

Byzantine chant - Μη αποστρέψης