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End of History 101

Peter2
almost 3 years ago

So one of our BIG THINKERS, Daniel Honan, gave us a fine introduction to one of the biggest ideas around, THE END OF HISTORY. Daniel is right that the idea is much more plausible than it seems at first.  He's also right that it originates with the German philosopher Hegel.  So it is also found ...

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Our Founders' Vision Thing

Peter2
almost 3 years ago

So here's a rare treat: The leading historian of our Founding (Gordon Wood) receives a thoughtful and sympathetic--but indirectly somewhat critical--review by our leading political scientific student of our Founding (James Ceaser). Here's a rather large and meaty taste: So great is the ...

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Philosophers and Scientists vs. Death

Peter2
almost 3 years ago

The always fascinating English philosophic intellectual John Gray has written a book about the various ways most of the leading philosophers and scientists of the late 19th and early 20th century were in rebellion against what Gray regards as the fact (and, on balance, the beneficial fact) of our ...

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Leftists vs. New Atheists

Peter2
almost 3 years ago

So here's a ferocious attack on new atheist Sam Harris from the Nation, our country's leading leftist publication.  The conclusion: Harris is oblivious to this moral crisis [of selfish individualism]. His self-confidence is surpassed only by his ignorance, and his writings are the best ...

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The Violent Death of Osama Bin Laden

Peter2
almost 3 years ago

I thought I'd offer some random observations... First off, I agree with my fellow BIG THINKER Kris that it's most unreasonable to fear terrorist retaliation.  That's not only because the odds are overwhelming that almost all of us will die some other way, but because our government has done a ...