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New Age Link

Wikipedia has an entry on New Age, and uses “New Age” as a category container for related entries. Wikipedia entries evolve. The main entry seems to have started in December 2001. The current version deals with the New Age, both as a social event and as a set of ideas, in an accurate and descriptive …

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Happy Now?

Yesterday, in a happy coincidence, I read an article in Spiked magazine and the entry on happiness in John Ralston’s Saul’s The Doubter’s Companion. Saul argued that the meaning of happiness has slipped, and that in modern times we tend to look for the wrong kind of happiness in the wrong places. In Aristotle’s ethics, …

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Infinite Cornucopia

The online edition of the New Criterion has an article by Roger Kimball appraising the work of the Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski. It emphasizes his critique of Marxism, as practical politics, ideology and philosophy, which has made him popular with American conservatives and some of the religious conservative intelligentsia. Much of the material about Kolakowski …

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Atheism and Morals

The second of Alasdair MacIntyre’s lectures published in The Religious Significance of Atheism (I discussed the first lecture in my preceding entry, The Fate of Theism) was Atheism and Morals. His approach was to consider one of the key claims of theists, that without belief in God, morality collapses, expressed in Dostoyevsky’s saying that without …

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The Fate of Theism

Alasdair MacIntyre crossed my radar when I was reading Francis Wheen’s Idiot Proof this winter. Wheen, writing as a defender of Enlightenment rationalism, trashed MacIntyre’s 1981 book After Virtue as a thin polemic in favour of enforcing conservative social values under the guise of promoting “virtue”. MacIntyre is a difficult academic writer. His ideas run …

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