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Comte Henri de Saint-Simon – His concern for the poor shines above everything else

Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon (1760-1825) or, more commonly, Saint-Simon is one of those figures who comes up regularly in sociology courses, especially so-called “classical” or “classical theory” courses.¹ Until writing this entry, I knew little about him. But I … Continue reading


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Sadism – Another one of those old “disorders” turned “alternative”

Sadism is a Freudian term denoting a sexual perversion in which erotic pleasure is gained by inflicting pain on another.¹ The term is derived from the surname of the French nobleman Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), who candidly wrote about the alleged … Continue reading


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Elizabeth – The Mother of the Last Great Jewish Prophet?

In the New Testament, Elizabeth a daughter of Aaron, wife of  Zechariah and the mother of John the Baptist. Among Christian theologians and homilists, John is often spoken of as a link between the Old and New Testaments. He’s the last … Continue reading


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Erich Fromm and the “Mass Man”

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) was a German-born American psychologist and social thinker who is often linked to the Frankfurt school of critical theory. Fromm’s work combined different ideas from the works of Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and J.-P. Sartre. Like Carl Jung, he … Continue reading


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Gregory the Great – Doctor of the Church, Saint and Pope

St. Gregory (540 – 604 CE) was a learned politician who became a monk, then Pope. He came from a wealthy patrician family, well connected to the Church in Rome. His father was a senator and Gregory became the Prefect of Rome at … Continue reading


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Evil: Natural, Moral and Intrinsic

How we define evil is influenced by our core beliefs. Materialists and some scientists dismiss the idea of evil as if it were culturally inherited from a world once peopled by believers in magic and outdated superstitions. Today, violent criminals … Continue reading