I look out my window, where there are some white lilies bobbing in a gentle rain. If I analyze my act of perception, I find it a layered action, containing within itself multiple valences. On one level, I see what I identify as a lily; that is, my perception corresponds to an intelligible form, made … Continue reading Consider the Lily: An Experiment in Platonism
In his book The Mind of Egypt, Egyptologist Jan Assmann identifies ma’at as the central philosophical principle of that ancient civilization on the Nile. He defines ma’at, illuminatingly, as “connective justice.” Instruction in ma’at was a critical part of Egyptian civic education, he asserts, one that served to sustain their society for thousands of years. … Continue reading Ma’at: Connective Justice
You never Enjoy the World aright, till you see how a Sand Exhibiteth the Wisdom and Power of God. Thomas Traherne (d. 1674) was a country priest from Hereford, largely unknown in his own time. He lived a simple life, publishing only one book, and that anonymously. After his death, his reputation for saintliness … Continue reading Thomas Traherne and the “Infant-Ey”
One of Anglican theologian Austin Farrer’s interests was the nature of religious truth, that is, the form knowledge of God takes in the human mind. Many of his writings try to work out a theory of religious epistemology. This question is of some importance for teachers, especially of those of religious persuasion. After all, teachers … Continue reading Austin Farrer and Where Knowledge of God Begins
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