Monthly Archives: March 2011

Science, Religion and the Curriculum of the West

Human reason so delights in constructions, that it has several times built up a tower, and then razed it to examine the nature of the foundation. It is never too late to become wise; but if the change comes too … Continue reading

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Japan and the Global Crisis of Capitalism

Japan’s predicament, at the edge of a precipice, is obviously tragic and a terrible loss of human and non-human life. However, it is a full-throated demonstration of what can happen when we – ensconced in our castles of concrete and … Continue reading

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The Language of Crisis and The Crisis of Language

In the wake of social and political upheavals now spreading like wildfire throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, we hear noble slogans and soothing words about the will of the people being expressed and their desire for democratization.  We find … Continue reading

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A Specter Is Haunting America

“A specter is haunting Europe,” Karl Marx once wrote.  He wrote these words on the eve of revolutionary outbreaks that began in Italy and France in 1848 and soon engulfed much of the Continent. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Europe is … Continue reading

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Phenomenology and the Crisis of Civilization

Because such fingers need to knit That subtle knot, which makes us man… John Donne, The Ecstasy I With these dozen or so words the sixteenth century British metaphysical poet, preacher, and elegist, John Donne, foreshadowed the core challenge haunting … Continue reading

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