New essay: The CRISPR Conundrum

Over at Arc Digital, a new essay of mine about CRISPR. An excerpt: The Cartesian project of the mastery and possession of nature—now embodied by CRISPR—would recognize no boundaries of a Stoic “Nature.” The prospect of vast amounts of money to be earned and power to be gained from procuring and selling CRISPR technology impels many… Continue reading New essay: The CRISPR Conundrum

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Waldstein on Integralism

For those interested in a deeper, theological and metaphysical defense of integralism, consider Pater Edmund Waldstein’s recent essay at Church Life Journal, “Integralism and the Logic of the Cross.” It is in response to an earlier CLJ essay by Timothy Troutner, “The Integralist Mirroring of Liberal Ideals.” Troutner himself cites an earlier essay by Pater Edmund at CLJ,… Continue reading Waldstein on Integralism

The primacy of the speculative and roots of the modern approach to nature

St. Thomas argues as follows when answering the question whether the practical and speculative intellects are numerically diverse powers: The practical and speculative intellects are not diverse powers. The reason for this is that . . . that which is accidentally related to the ratio [or account] of the object which bears on some power does not… Continue reading The primacy of the speculative and roots of the modern approach to nature

De Koninck on “The Great State”

An excerpt from reading Vallée's introduction to De Koninck's Œuvres, II.3: The Great State [Le Grand État] is an evil in itself, writes de Jouvenal, for a fundamental reason relating to the very nature of the human mind. Incapable of considering the innumerable relations linking a great quantity of objects, it considers them only by reducing… Continue reading De Koninck on “The Great State”

Street-Level Scientism

Comments are welcome on these initial thoughts concerning everyday scientism. An excerpt: If science cannot be the only type of certain knowledge, why is it so commonly taken to be such? This disposition to accept science, without discretion, as the sole or ruling source of knowledge is a common malaise. It is street-level scientism. Street-level… Continue reading Street-Level Scientism